LiAngelo Ball declares for National Basketball Association draft


UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue, announced Monday night that he will be declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft, via his Twitter account.

Ball, 19, signed a contract to play for professional Lithuanian team, Vytautas Prienu, in December after leaving UCLA following the shoplifting scandal in China involving Ball and two other Bruins players.

The middle of the three Ball brothers has played well in his time in Lithuania. Lonzo Ball, the eldest brother, was selected No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017 and after one season at UCLA.

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This morning LiAngelo submitted early-entry paperwork to enter the June draft. But in spite of his solid performance, and his outspoken father LaVar's stated goal of shepherding all three of his sons onto the Lakers, LiAngelo is not expected to be picked by any National Basketball Association team.

Roach averaged 12.3 points and 3.7 rebounds this season and often guarded the opponent's best perimeter player. For anyone to think that LiAngelo Ball, whose only independent choice to this point in his life has been to steal a pair of Louis Vuitton sunglasses, is beyond ludicrous. Just today (March 27), he scored 72 points in a BBB challenge game which is not associated with the LKL (Lietuvos Krepsinio Lyga) as it's main goal is to develop Gelo and Melo as basketball players against youth teams. He went to Chino Hills High School, where he averaged 30.3 points a game on the varsity team in his four years there.

LiAngelo is expected to work out for several National Basketball Association teams once he returns to the United States.