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Lavar Ball Removes LiAngelo Ball from UCLA

Liangelo Ball Photo | Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LiAngelo Ball‘s career ended at UCLA on Monday before he was able to step on the court for his first game, as first reported by TMZ. He will not return to UCLA’s men’s basketball team or UCLA as a student, LaVar Ball told ESPN on Monday.

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

Ball was suspended indefinitely from the team after he and two other teammates were accused of stealing overseas in China.

“We are exploring other options with [LiAngelo],” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “He’s out of there.”

LaVar Ball said his son will begin training for the June NBA draft.

“I don’t think he’s considered a prospect,” an NBA Scout told Adam Zagoria on Monday about Liangelo.

“I’m going to make him way better for the draft than UCLA ever could have.”

TMZ Sports first reported the news that his father LaVar Ball is “removing him” from school, although it’s not clear to what degree the 19-year-old LiAngelo had a say in the situation. LaVar Ball reportedly believes that the suspension was unfair because the charges against LiAngelo and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were ultimately dropped after two weeks under house arrest.

Ball had missed all eight of UCLA’s games this season. They are currently 7-1 with their only loss coming against Creighton on November 20.

LiAngelo is not LaVar’s first child to train at home to improve his game. In October, LaVar announced that his youngest son, LaMelo would leave Chino Hills (CA) to study and train at home.

With this news, it’s possible that Lonzo Ball could wind up as the only Ball to play for UCLA.

As a freshman last year at UCLA, Ball averaged 14.6 points, 6 rebounds, and 7.6 assists in 36 games, before ultimately being drafted by the Lakers as the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

“He’s not transferring to another school,” Lavar Ball told ESPN on Monday. “The plan is now to get Gelo ready for the NBA Draft.”

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