LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball In Serious Talks With Lithuanian Team

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Last week LaVar Ball announced that both of his younger sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, had signed with agents, effectively ending any chance that either would play college basketball.

Prienu Vytautas, or BC Prienai as it's often called, is a low-level club from a small, non-English speaking village of roughly 10,000 people in southern Lithuania.

Suspended UCLA men's basketball player LiAngelo Ball is going to play in Lithuania after a very public feud between his father Lavar Ball and the president over his role in saving his son and two other players from imprisonment in China.

Both Ball brothers posted jaw-dropping scoring performances while at Chino Hills.

LaMelo, 16, and LiAngelo Ball, 19, agreed to deals with Vytautas that will allow the two prospects to start their careers in a competitive professional league with a history of producing National Basketball Association players and focus on development. LiAngelo, 19, began the season at UCLA, but withdrew from school last week amid an indefinite suspension.

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After signing with an agent, both players were no longer eligible to play at the collegiate level, but will now meet the one-year out of high school requirement to declare for the National Basketball Association draft.

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

The club plays in a 1,700-seat arena; 500 of those seats are reserved for team sponsors and their friends.

LaMelo Ball is beginning his pro career at just 15 years old. The game was abandoned with 3 minutes to go at 65-65 after the coach was ejected due to some questionable calls.

LiAngelo, at 6-foot-5, is a limited ball handler and defender and plays strictly below the rim and therefore is not expected to add any value to in the Lithuanian or Baltic leagues.

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