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LiAngelo Ball Not Returning to UCLA, LaVar Confirms

LaVar Ball has confirmed that his son, LiAngelo, will be leaving the UCLA basketball program even if the school lifts his suspension following the shoplifting charges in China.


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The Chino Hills shooting guard has not actually played a single game for the UCLA.

Apparently, LaVar wasn’t pleased at all that UCLA suspended his son and two others—Cody Riley and Jalen Hill—especially since the charges against them were dropped by the Chinese authorities. He failed to mention that the only reason the charges were dropped was because President Trump intervened on behalf of the players.

Multiple reports claimed that the three basketball players were facing 10 years in jail had the charges been pursued. While they may have escaped prison, their future with the team was in question since the UCLA’s Office of Student Conduct is investigating the incident.


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They could be facing a long suspension or worse, they could be kicked out of the team.

UCLA coach Steve Alford released a statement which read, “We learned today of LiAngelo Ball’s intention to withdraw from UCLA. We respect the decision he and his family have made, and we wish him all the best in the future.”

Apparently, LavAr Ball has a plan for LiAngelo as he told ESPN, “I’m going to make him way better for the draft that UCLA ever could have.”


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However, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski said that nobody’s interested in LiAngelo even if he declares for the draft. The columnist tweeted on Dec. 4: “Ex-UCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball has no chance that he’ll be drafted in June — and that was true before his shoplifting incident in China. “He’s not on any of our scouting lists — even the extended lists,” one GM told ESPN.”

He added that LaVar would be for a rude awakening as his son will have a hard time getting a job professionally, even the G-League.

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