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LaVar Ball reportedly removes son LiAngelo from UCLA, will focus on NBA draft – The Denver Post

It appears LiAngelo Ball will not return to the UCLA men’s basketball team. LaVar Ball, LiAngelo’s father, has pulled his son out of the school.

In November, UCLA teammates Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were benched and subsequently suspended indefinitely after being released on bail following an alleged shoplifting incident in China. The charges were eventually dropped, but not before the international incident made headlines when President Donald Trump tweeted that he helped free the players, which the elder Ball disputed.

The three haven’t been allowed to play, practice or travel with the Bruins since. However, Ball has maintained that his son’s lapse in judgment “ain’t that big a deal.”

According to TMZ Sports, someone familiar with Ball’s thinking on the matter offered this assessment, “There’s no need to break down a kid’s spirit for making a mistake.”

“We are exploring other options with (LiAngelo),” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “He’s out of there.”

It appears the main one of those options is to prepare the player for June’s NBA draft. While at least one mid-major college basketball program had invited LiAngelo to transfer to it, Ball told ESPN that they were not interested in such a move.

“I’m going to make him way better for the draft that UCLA ever could have,” Ball told ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

“We learned today of LiAngelo Ball’s intention to withdraw from UCLA,” UCLA Coach Steve Alford told ESPN’s Arash Markazi. “We respect the decision he and his family have made, and we wish him all the best in the future.”

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