LiAngelo Ball will leave UCLA: Dad says, 'He's out of there'

Arnold Nichols
December 5, 2017

LiAngelo Ball has left UCLA's basketball program before ever playing a game for the team.

LaVar Ball, LiAngelo's father, told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that he has pulled his son out of the school.

As we reported, the freshman - along with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill - made headlines when they were released from China after facing years in prison for shoplifting. The arrests became an even bigger story when President Donald Trump intervened on behalf of the players with Chinese president Xi Jinping and they were allowed to come home shortly thereafter.

"I'm not sitting back and waiting", LaVar Ball told ESPN. "He's out of there".

The move came four weeks after LiAngelo Ball was arrested in China and charged with shoplifting. LaVar Ball publicly downplayed Trump's role in freeing his son and refused to offer the praise that the president was expecting.

Though there have been signs of stardom for Lonzo Ball - he became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple double - he has had an uneven rookie season, shooting just over 30% from the floor.

It's unclear what the future of LiAngelo Ball will be after leaving the UCLA Bruins, but a quote from LaVar Ball in a June interview with GQ might provide an indication. "I'm taking him and I'm gone", he told the Times. The three players, along with head coach Steve Alford and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, held a joint press conference November 15 in which they read prepared statements.

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