LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball sign professional basketball contracts with Lithuanian club

Erica Roy
December 13, 2017

The Ball brothers have a new home.

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In case you didn't know.

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The younger Ball brothers signed with agent Harrison Gaines last week, who is also the agent for Lonzo, ending any chances that LiAngelo could return to college, or that 16-year-old LaMelo would ever play at UCLA, where he was a 2019 commit. He pulled LaMelo from Chino Hills High School, then pulled LiAngelo from UCLA last week after he and two teammates were suspended indefinitely from the school last month as punishment for a shoplifting arrest while the Bruins were in China.

The 6-3 LaMelo, who once scored 92 points in a high school game, has been dinged by scouts for paying little attention to defense while displaying questionable shot selection.

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball could be playing basketball for Lithuania.

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The heart of the matter.

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If signed, the franchise has hopes that the Balls - including father LaVar - could be a marketing boon for the fledgling franchise, sources told ESPN. But there are some serious concerns to whether the players can adjust into Vytautas on any level.

Whether they play significan minutes in Lithuania remains to be seen. Despite his unconventional shooting technique, the 16-year-old is a budding shooter and has the potential to play in the National Basketball Association someday. Even so, his shot selection is questionable and he has struggled to impact winning.

Vytautas has sparingly signed American players in the past decade, the only one being former Vanderbilt guard Brad Tinsley.

It will be interesting to see how the two brothers adapt to the different style of play in Lithuania and perform in the Baltic league.

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