LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball on verge of signing with Lithuanian pro basketball team

Posted December 12, 2017

Their older brother, Lonzo Ball, was selected No. 2 overall in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

The brothers hired Harrison Gaines as an agent and shared a photo on Instagram signing the contract to play overseas.

The Ball brothers will play for Prienu Vytautas after signing a one-year deal that will start in 2018.

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LaMelo, 16, and LiAngelo, 19, are the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and the sons of outspoken father and Big Baller Brand CEO LaVar Ball. Tickets cost around 5 euro.

LaMelo, at 6-foot-3, has the shot making the ability to along with his creative ball handling abilities and a good distributor of the ball. He shows potential as a shooter despite unorthodox mechanics, regularly pulling up from near half court at the prep level. Even so, his shot selection is questionable and he has struggled to impact winning.

Lithuania is a basketball-crazed country where players pride themselves on their advanced feel for the game and discipline. Several notable players have spent time in the Lithuanian league before joining the National Basketball Association or other leagues, including Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 pick in the 2011 National Basketball Association draft; Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes; ex-Houston and New Orleans forward Donatas Motiejunas; former New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas; and Isaiah Hartenstein, who was a second-round pick to Houston in the 2017 draft. On the defensive end, he will also need to make major improvements to fit into the style of play in Lithuania with hopes to stay on the floor.