On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that 19-year-old LiAngelo Ball, son of LaVar Ball, and brother to Lonzo and LaMelo, has signed early papers for the NBA draft. He was supposedto have helped the UCLA Bruins Mens Basketball team run the Pac 12 Conference, but sticky fingers and ill-thought ideas on camaraderie caused him to be suspended.
That led to the elder Ball to remove LiAngelo from the UCLA, and he would eventually land with Lithuanian professional team Vytautas Prienu. According to many accounts, LiAngelo put in work overseas. However, depending on who you ask, the competition ranged from moderate to poor relative to what he would have seen as a bigtime college basketball player.
At 6-foot-5 and weighing 230 pounds, LiAngelo would most definitely be a shooting guard. Hes stockier and stronger compared to brother Lonzo but isnt as quick and doesnt have the same long arms as his brothers, which serves them well on the defensive end.
LiAngelo Ball capped off the BBB tournament with another 30 point game for Vytautas. ——————————— Follow Us On Social!
LiAngelo Ball led his team in scoring with 15.7 points per game while shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc. Not too shabby. He also appears to be a very capable rebounder for his size. My major concern with him would be his D, even though he did show good defensive instincts overseas. Well just have to wait and see how he does against NBA prospects and revisit this later on. He also has no compunctions about taking his man to the low block, regardless of size. That alludes to toughness and physicality that brother Lonzo has displayed at the next level thus far.
And because I know youre wondering, the youngest brother LaMelo Ball will not be eligible for the NBA draft for 2021.
He will reportedly participate in the Pro Basketball Combine at IMG Academy (Florida) in May in front of team executives. Remember that GQ profile of the family last summer in which LaVar Ball said that LiAngelo is the most likely of his boys to not make it to the NBA? Well, let’s just hope for LiAngelo’s sake that it’s not a self-fulfilling prophecy.