LaVar Ball Will Withdraw Suspended Son From UCLA

Posted December 05, 2017

LiAngelo arrived to UCLA as a far less heralded recruit than his older brother, Lonzo, but LaVar had repeatedly said that all three of his sons would be one-and-done basketball players.

"We learned today of LiAngelo Ball's intention to withdraw from UCLA", coach Steve Alford said in a statement.

LiAngelo Ball was indefinitely suspended alongside teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill after they were accused last month of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to their hotel in Hangzhou, China. Ball minimized Trump's involvement in winning the players' release and Trump tweeted in response that he should have left the players in China in jail.

The charges against LiAngelo - and two other UCLA freshmen - were dropped, which is what reportedly has LaVar peeved over the suspension.

"We are exploring other options with [LiAngelo Ball]", LaVar said. "He's out of there".

Asked if LiAngelo agreed with the decision, the elder Ball told the Times, "My boy is loyal to me".

Though there have been signs of stardom for Lonzo Ball - he became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple double - he has had an uneven rookie season, shooting just over 30% from the floor. But a school might be willing to take a chance on him, though it's doubtful that it will be a program as prestigious as UCLA. However, a source at UCLA told ESPN's Arash Markazi that this is probably the end for the Ball family at the school. LiAngelo was a student and athlete at UCLA.