LiAngelo Ball declares for 2018 National Basketball Association draft

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LiAngelo Ball believes he's ready for the big time.

Ball, 19, has formally submitted early-entry paperwork to enter the June draft.

With Gelo no longer at UCLA, he signed a professional contract, along with his 16-year-old brother LaMelo, who was pulled out of high school by his father, for BC Vytautas, which is in Prienai, Lithuania.

LiAngelo Ball has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, his agent, Harrison Gaines, told Yahoo!

Villanova vs. West Virginia
FAMILIAR POSITION: The Mountaineers have reached the Sweet 16 in eight of their last 12 NCAA appearances, including last season. The Mountaineers did outscore the Wildcats from the bench, 27-9, and outrebounded their opponent by three, 39 to 36.


The former UCLA player and brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball has certainly proved thus far that he is a pro-caliber player in Europe. If continues to have good showings against teams, even if they are inferior, it would not make sense for people to continue completely ignoring him. Said LiAngelo, according to Ball Is Life. 247Sports ranked LiAngelo as a 3-star recruit coming out of Chino Hills high school, and he was ranked as the 226th overall player and 50th ranked shooting guard in the 2017 class. As the UCLA basketball team went on a promotional trip to China, Gelo and two of his teammates were arrested for shoplifting, which garnered global headlines.

LiAngelo Ball, a 6-foot-5 wing, is averaging 15.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in Lithuania, while shooting 45 percent from 3-point range in nine games.

The NCAA allows players to participate in the combine and one National Basketball Association team tryout per year without losing eligibility if they don't sign with an agent.

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

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