LiAngelo Ball among 3 UCLA basketball players reportedly arrested in China
Three freshmen on UCLA’s men’s basketball team, including LiAngelo Ball, the younger of Laker guard and former UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, were arrested for shoplifting in China on Tuesday, according to reports from ESPN.
Forward Cody Riley from Sierra Canyon High and forward Jalen Hill from Corona Centennial High were also arrested, according to the report.
Chinese police were called to UCLA’s team hotel in Hangzhou, China, to investigate on Tuesday morning, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China,” UCLA said in a statement. “The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”
Both the UCLA and Georgia Tech men’s basketball teams were staying at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou in preparation for their season-opening game this weekend.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, local police searched the UCLA team bus’ cargo compartment and questioned three Georgia Tech players who were later cleared. UCLA players who were waiting to go to practice on the bus had to leave after a delay and return to the hotel.
The teams are scheduled to open their seasons Saturday in Shanghai with a game that will be televised live on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. PT Friday.
LiAngelo Ball, Riley and Hill make up half of UCLA’s highly touted freshman class that was ranked within the top five in the country. The large freshman class and veterans like Prince Ali and Alex Olesinski who are returning from injury were expected to give head coach Steve Alford one of the deepest and most athletic teams since he arrived at UCLA in 2013.
Ball, a 6-foot-5 guard from Chino Hills, was not expected to have the same impact as his brother, who transformed the Bruins into a Sweet 16 team just one year after missing […]