Ball fam­ily done with col­lege

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

LOS AN­GE­LES» The Ball fam­ily’s brief as­so­ci­a­tion with col­lege bas­ket­ball is over.

Ac­cord­ing to LaVar Ball, his younger sons LiAn­gelo and LaMelo have signed with an agent, en­sur­ing that nei­ther will play in the col­lege ranks. The el­der Ball told ESPN on Thurs­day that his plan is for the teenagers to play on the same team over­seas.

Old­est brother Lonzo is the only Ball brother to have played in col­lege, com­plet­ing one sea­son at UCLA be­fore en­ter­ing the NBA draft and be­ing taken by the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers.

LiAn­gelo never played a reg­u­lar-sea­son game for the Bru­ins af­ter be­ing in­def­i­nitely sus­pended last month for shoplift­ing dur­ing the team’s sea­sonopen­ing trip to China. Youngest brother LaMelo was headed to West­wood in two years, but that plan has been scut­tled.

LaVar Ball re­cently with­drew LaMelo from Chino Hills High, where he was a ju­nior, and said he was go­ing to home school him.

LaVar Ball told ESPN that LiAn­gelo and LaMelo have signed with Har­ri­son Gaines, the agent who rep­re­sents Lonzo Ball.

“I don’t care about the money,” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “I want them to go some­where where they will play them to­gether on the court at the same time. The pri­or­ity is for the boys to play on the same team.”

Ball pulled LiAn­gelo out of UCLA ear­lier this week, say­ing he was frus­trated that the Pac-12 school hadn’t made a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the length of his son’s sus­pen­sion af­ter the shoplift­ing in­ci­dent.

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