LaVar Ball Says Language Barrier Won't Be Problem for LiAngelo, LaMelo

13 December, 2017, 05:16 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • LaMelo Ball second from left and brother LiAngelo second from right have reportedly signed one-year deals to play with the Lithuanian club Vytautas Prienai

A basketball club from Lithuania says it has signed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball to pro contracts, making them ineligible for college basketball.

If signed, the franchise has hopes that the Balls - including father LaVar - could be a marketing boon for the fledgling franchise, sources told ESPN.

Vytautas fields teams in both the Lithuanian and Baltic leagues, with the latter the lesser competitive of the two circuits. LiAngelo was set to be a freshman at UCLA this season, but a shoplifting arrest while the team was in China before their season debut resulted in an indefinite suspension. Lamelo, 16, had verbally agreed to play for the Bruins; he has been home-schooled since leaving Chino Hills High School as a junior.

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"We saw [fellow LKL team] Lietkabelis publicizing the fact that they have been approached by an agent representing the Ball brothers and we just got in touch with him and put forward the idea of them playing for Vytautas", Kubilius said.

The brothers are unlikely to see much action in the domestic league "but could be afforded an opportunity to develop" in Baltic League play, Givony reports.

Whether they play significan minutes in Lithuania remains to be seen.

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As for Prienai itself, it's a 10,000-person town on the Neman River in southern Lithuania. The team has been grappling with financial issues and started the season losing eight of its first 12 games in the Lithuanian league. They will report to the team in early January.

It is believed the brothers signed a one-year contract.

LaMelo Ball initially was targeted to play at UCLA in two years by his father, but that plan changed.

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