LaVar pulls LiAngelo from UCLA

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LiAngelo Ball's outspoken father, Lavar Ball, told ESPN he chose to pull his son out of UCLA.

LaVar Ball told ESPN that he has pulled his son LiAngelo out of UCLA.

"He's not transferring to another school", he told ESPN. He could perhaps polish his skills with personal coaches and then take a shot at National Basketball Association pre-draft combines in the summer, but he would still be a longshot to make an National Basketball Association roster.

While Ball made it clear in his public remarks following his return to the United States that he was grateful for the president's assistance, the situation escalated when LaVar Ball publicly questioned how much help the president had actually delivered. The Post's Tim Bontemps reported last month that, unlike his brother, Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, LiAngelo isn't viewed by scouts as a legitimate National Basketball Association prospect.

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The move came four weeks after LiAngelo Ball and two of his UCLA teammates were arrested in China and charged with shoplifting.

"It's not a new policy, it's an existing policy", a Lakers spokesperson told ESPN.

The three players are subject to review for violating the university's Student Conduct Code, which includes a section on theft. ESPN shortly thereafter confirmed the story by talking with LaVar.

"They had him there just to use the Ball family name". The youngest Ball, LaMelo, probably won't be eligible for NCAA given that he already has his own signature shoe.