Report: LiAngelo Ball to enter 2018 NBA Draft
LiAngelo Ball; brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball, has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, his agent, Harrison Gaines, told Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
The 19-year-old has formally submitted his early-entry paperwork to enter June’s draft after playing professionally with Lithuanian team Vytautas Prienu since being pulled out of UCLA in December after a shoplifting scandal in China.
LiAngelo and his younger brother, LaMelo Ball both joined Vytautas in January on one-year deals after father LaVar Ball insisted in finding an alternate way to get them to the NBA, after they were both pulled from school.
LiAngelo is expected to work out for several NBA teams once he returns from Lithuania, as well as take part in the Pro Basketball Combine at IMG Academy (Florida) in May in front of team executives.
Ball is reportedly out of executives’ draft boards, but will have the best chance to show his value as a three-and-D player.
A 6-foot-5 guard/forward, Ball has only a year’s worth of experience in Lithuania, posting a league-best 15.7 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from long range in nine league games in the first-division.
He’s shown a two-way potential due to his size, strength, and 3-point shooting ability, though his athleticism and court awareness have come into question.
Just like his two brothers, he starred at Chino Hills High School in California. He once posted a 72-point performance for his high school in December 2016, which was bested by LaMelo, who had a 92-point game in February.
All three Ball brothers led Chino Hills to a state championship in 2016.