LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball prepare for pro debuts in Lithuania

Lithuanian Basketball club Prienai-Birstonas Vytautas head coach Virginijus Seskus, left, talks to his player LaMelo Ball during a training session at the BC Prienai-Birstonas Vytautas arena in Prienai, Lithuania, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball have signed a one-year contract to play for Lithuanian professional basketball club Prienai – Birstonas Vytautas, in the southern Lithuania town of Prienai, some 110 km (68 miles) from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

UCLA is free from the grasp of the Ball Family, but the famous basketball clan is only just starting its international takeover.

Former UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball and his younger brother LaMelo Ball, a one-time UCLA commit, are slated to make their pro debuts on Monday for Lithuanian team Prienai-Birstonas Vytautas.

“For them it’s not going to be easy,” said Dainius Adomaitis, the Lithuanian national coach who coached four years in the LKL. “The first thing is it’s completely different basketball. It’s not high school basketball; it’s not NCAA basketball.”

More from John Henderson, special to the Southern California News Group, on the Balls making their pro debuts 

UCLA-committed LaMelo Ball scores 92 points after loss

UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball said he didn’t throw any jabs at his two younger brothers after the Chino Hills High School’s basketball team’s 60-game win streak was snapped on Saturday.

The next time they took the court, youngest brother LaMelo Ball scored 92 points on Tuesday night in a 146-122 win over Los Osos High. The sophomore made 37 of 61 field goals (61 percent) and added a cool seven assists. Lonzo Ball showed his appreciation on twitter:

With senior LiAngelo Ball, who scored 72 in a game earlier this season, sitting out to rest up for the playoffs, LaMelo took advantage. The youngest of the Ball brothers didn’t do most of his damage from 3-point range, making 30 of his 39 attempts from inside the arc.

LaMelo Ball, who famously made a half-court shot in the middle of a game earlier this season, was 7 of 22 from 3-point range Tuesday night. He had 29 points at halftime and scored 41 of his 92 in the fourth quarter. High school quarters are eight minutes long. Continue reading “UCLA-committed LaMelo Ball scores 92 points after loss” »

LaMelo Ball discusses his half-court shot; Lonzo Ball weighs in

Lonzo Ball’s youngest brother, LaMelo Ball, was on UCLA’s radar before he entered high school two years ago. Because of the half-court shot he made a couple weeks ago – it wasn’t a buzzer-beater – the Chino Hills High School sophomore has is being discussed in circles that include Stephen Curry.

The youngest of the three Ball brothers, who committed to UCLA while he was in eighth grade, discusses his now famous half-court shot in the video below. Lonzo Ball also addresses the shot by his brother, who he dubs a “crazy player.”

LaMelo Ball commits to UCLA basketball as a 13 year old

LaMelo Ball has verbally committed to the UCLA men’s basketball team. LaMelo Ball is 5-foot-10 and 13 years old.

In the latest development in the strange world of recruiting, the youngest Ball brother decided on Friday to follow in the footsteps of his two older siblings. Before even playing in his first game for Chino Hills High School, he accepted an offer to become a Bruin.

“It is my dream school,” he told the Los Angeles News Group’s Michelle Gardner. “I decided to get it out of the way now instead of waiting for the future.”

Lonzo Ball is a five-star point guard who is the gem of UCLA’s 2016 class. The middle brother, LiAngelo, announced in April his decision to join the Bruins in 2017.

Assuming his commitment holds, LaMelo Ball will arrive in Westwood in 2019.