LaMelo, LiAngelo Sign With Lonzo's Agent; No Longer Eligible For NCAA

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LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, in the wake of the former electing to leave UCLA before ever suiting up for the Bruins, have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, their father told ESPN's Jeff Goodman on Thursday.

LaMelo was pulled from Chino Hills High School - the school where all three Ball brothers attended - with plans of being homeschooled until he attended UCLA. His father LaVar confirmed that LaMelo will indeed not play college basketball. 'I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time.

But what do you think about LaVar removing LiAngelo and LaMelo from their respective schools to pursue a possible opportunity for them to play together for an overseas team?

ESPN reports that multiple teams in Europe and Asia have expressed interest in bringing the younger Ball brothers aboard. "I'm not going to say I know for a fact he couldn't defend at that level, but he has never had to do it before and his overall athletic profile doesn't bode well in the future". "I just need to get them playing again".

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The pair reportedly signed with Harrison Gaines, who represents older brother Lonzo, the second-overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft and the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Meanwhile, Bruins Coach Steve Alford said he has yet to speak with the Balls since LiAngelo left the program earlier this week. He also suggested that UCLA shared some of the responsibility for the shoplifting incident, considering they let the players have some free time while in China. "I'll go back and forth and probably stay out there a while at first".

LaVar Ball's middle son, LiAngelo, withdrew from UCLA earlier this week, about a month after he and two teammates caused an worldwide stir by getting arrested on shoplifting charges during a team trip to China.