LiAngelo Ball is an American professional basketball player from the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL). LiAngelo Ball is a shooting guard who is a naturally gifted player.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
LiAngelo Ball was born on November 24, 1998, in Anaheim, California, USA. He is 21 years old, and his birth sign is Sagittarius. His father is Lavar Ball and his mother is Tina Ball, both of them were a professional basketball player. He has two brothers, Lonzo and LaMelo.
More precisely, Ball’s father is a former basketball player. He played for the Washington State of the NCAA Division I, and the West Los Angeles College and Cal State Los Angeles. Further, as a former footballer, LaVar later joined the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football (WLAF) on loan from the New York Jets. Moreover, Ball’s mother also used to be a basketball player at California State University, Los Angeles during her youth.
Since his childhood, he played basketball against older opponents. As a kindergartener, he took on groups from the fourth and fifth grades. He was already maintaining a fitness regime at four and at six, he started playing with his two brothers, Lonzo and LaMelo.
The Ball brothers also participated in flag football in which Lonzo played the quarterback while LiAngelo and LaMelo were the receivers. His father, Lavar founded an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) under-17 team named Big Ballers VXT, where he and his wife coached. LiAngelo Ball and his brothers grew up raised as members of this team.
LiAngelo attended Chino Hills High School and joined their football program in the 2013-14 season. Ball and Lonzo led Chino Hills to their first-ever look within the CIF Southern Section Open Division Championship. He committed to play faculty basketball with the UCLA Bruins. But unfortunately, he got suspended indefinitely with two other teammates. This happened after they were arrested in China for shoplifting. At the time On December 4, he announced that he planned to withdraw from UCLA.
Ball signed a letter of resolute on November 2, 2016, and eventually registered at the University of California, Los Angeles on June 1, 2017. He played his only game with the Bruins in the preseason on November 1, 2017, against the NCAA Division II team Cal State Los Angeles.
Career and Professional Life
Talking about his professional life, he began playing officially for his college team under the leadership of coach Steve Baik. LiAngelo began his freshman year as part of the starting line-up alongside his brother, Lonzo. Lonzo was a sophomore at the time. Furthermore, LiAngelo had a good season as he scored 13 points, with six in the second quarter, in one match and registering 24 points in another. The Ball brothers received media attention while the Los Angeles Times called them “quite a duo”.
LiAngelo and Lonzo led Chino Hills to their first-ever appearance in the CIF Southern Section Open Division championship game. In the game, LiAngelo scored 14 points in a losing effort against Mater Dei High School. Chino Hills’ last match of the season was against Centennial High School. LiAngelo Ball registered 10 points and his team lost the game in overtime.
Although Ball wasn’t thought-about an opportunity at the time for the National Basketball Association (NBA), he planned on preparing for the 2018 NBA draft. On December 11, 2019, he signed with BC Prienai of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL).
In his professional debut in the 2017-18 season, he failed to score, shooting 0-of-3 from the field in limited playing time as his team fell to Lietkabelis Panevezys. On February 4, he scored 25 points, with 6 three-pointers.
On March 27, 2018, he announced, he would enter the 2018 NBA draft, even though most analysts believed that he was a long shot to be selected. In an exhibition game later within the day, he erupted for seventy-two points and eleven rebounds against a youth squad for the Chinese club Guangdong Southern Tigers.
On April 19, Ball lacerates his ankle and left early versus Juventus Utena. And on April 25, it declared that each Ball and his brother were going Prienai, with their father displaying bitterness towards the team’s head coach Virginijus Seskus.
On July 9, 2018, Ball signed with the Los Angeles Ballers of the Junior Basketball Association, a league based by his father as an alternative to varsity college basketball. He was named to the West roster for the JBA All-Star game and was named co-MVP player of the sport once rating thirty-nine points.
At the end of the season, he among 14 players in the league named to the JBA USA Team, which faced several European teams on an international tour.
Shoplifting in China
While he had significant success at Chino Hills, Ball generally regarded as an unheralded prospect and received a rating of three stars in high school. LiAngelo eventually signed a letter of intent with UCLA Bruins on November 2, 2016. He did it as he verbally committed to them in his junior year. LiAngelo made his debut for the team exactly a year later, on November 1, 2017. His debut game was against the NCAA Division II team Cal State Los Angeles, in a preseason match.
LiAngelo’s time with UCLA Bruins cut short after his apprehension in China for shoplifting on November 7, 2017. This incident also involved two teammates. The trio was facing a potential fine and up to ten years in prison, and thus they were eventually brought back to the US after the American government stepped in. The White House Chief of Staff, John F. Kelly, stated that it was due to the efforts of President Donald Trump and the United States Department of State that LiAngelo and the others could return to the US.
Involvement of Trump
Meanwhile, Donald Trump asked the trio to thank him for getting them out of China. LiAngelo later held a press conference where he admitted that he had indeed shoplifted in China and thanked Donald Trump for bringing him back home, back to the U.S. However, people later found out that the trio had committed another theft only 90 minutes after the first incident. They were also bailed out before the public came to know of the incident. Additionally, the charges against the three were dropped even before Trump and Kelly got involved.
Following the incident, his club UCLA suspended him indefinitely and LiAngelo ultimately decided to withdraw from the program. At the time, he did not considered an NBA prospect. Later, on 11 December 2017, both Ball and his brother LaMelo recruited by BC Prienai.
Oklahoma City Blue (2020–present)
On December 29, 2019, he signed a contract with the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League as a practice player. Likewise, on March 9, 2020, he signed with the Blue by waiver claim.
Awards and Nominations
In his sophomore year, Ball and his brother shared the Most Valuable Player accolade at a tournament at Fairfax High School. In 2015, he won the City of Palms Classic All-Tournament honors. Similarly, Ball also received the MaxPreps second-team all-state and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin first-team All-Area accolades.
LiAngelo Ball is probably single. Initially, he started dating Isabella Morris (Izzy) in 2018. When LiAngelo attended the junior year of high school at the time, they shared an on-and-off relationship with the Instagram model. Sadly, he revealed that they both had officially ended their relationship in October 2018. He is currently dating, Jaden.
Moreover, during a press conference in January 2018, a Lithuanian reporter asked LiAngelo out, to which he sheepishly replied, “No comment.”
In June 2018, some reported of his girlfriend Izzy getting pregnant with his child. But the news was fake and nothing more.In the same month of he and Izzy’s separation, a Vegas bottle host transgender woman named Marina Fuentes claimed she and Ball had a sexual encounter. She even threatened to release a sex tape of them but no tape ever released.
LiAngelo is 6 feet 5 inches tall in height and his weight is 230 kg. Dark Brown is his eye color and Black is his hair color.
Net Worth and Social Media
Ball receives a monthly income of $125,000. He is available on his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. However, he has 312K followers on his Twitter, 2.4 million on his Instagram, and more than 381K on his Facebook.