LaVar Ball told ESPN that his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, ending any speculation that LaMelo will play college basketball. Nevertheless, the decision to keep trying to harp on this has become a staple in Ball's effort to keep his "Big Baller Brand" relevant while his two younger sons try to get signed to play overseas.
Ball said earlier this week that the plan was still for LaMelo, who withdrew from Chino Hills (California) High School early in his junior season, to play at UCLA in two years. Sources told ESPN that several teams in Europe and Asia have expressed interest.
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He definitively added about LaMelo: "He's not going to play college basketball". It's a glaring deviation from his previously stated strategy of funneling Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo all through UCLA and toward the Lakers and the National Basketball Association and a seeming capitulation to LiAngelo's indefinite suspension from the school for the China shoplifting incident that has now caught his 16-year-old up in the aftereffects. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", Ball said. Ball will be spending his time between appearing on talk shows in the United States and overseas if this is the case. Lonzo Ball has always been the best prospect of the three brothers, and UCLA received a stellar freshman year from him.
Ball's oldest son, Lonzo, is a rookie point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The back-and-forth continued, and Trump eventually tweeted that he "should have left them in jail", referring to the players.