Liangelo Ball, the 19-year-old brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, has decided to enter the NBA Draft in June, according to Yahoo Sports.
Ball, who is a current member of professional basketball team Vytautas Prienu in Lithuania along with his 16-year-old brother LaMelo, will workout for several NBA teams and also participate in the pro basketball combine in May.
LiAngelo left UCLA last year after he was arrested for shoplifting while on a trip to China with the Bruins basketball team. He was subsequently suspended indefinitely by the school. Critics say Ball will almost certainly not be selected in the draft mostly because of an overall lack of experience. He never played a single game for UCLA and has only made nine appearances for Vytautas Prienu.
Experts also agree that LiAngelo is the least talented of the three ball brothers and faces nearly insurmountable odds in becoming one of the 60 players taken in the draft. That’s despite his putting up decent numbers in Lithuania. He’s averaging 16 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist, while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 45 percent from behind the arc.
There’s always the G-League, though (essentially the minor leagues of the NBA). That looks like the only way LiAngelo will be affiliated with the NBA any time soon.