LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball to 'Play a Lot' for Prienu Vytautas, Coach Says

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2018

LiAngelo Ball, left, and his brother, LaMelo, talk before an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Prienu Vytautas head coach Virginijus Seskus said Monday that LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball will receive substantial playing time for the Lithuanian professional club.

According to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman, Seskus said through an interpreter, "They are young, but I can promise that they will play a lot and I hope we will help them to get better and they will help us to win more games. We are waiting for them. Don't worry, they will play!"

The Ball brothers signed one-year deals with Vytautas in December.

LiAngelo and LaMelo are expected to debut on Jan. 9 against Tsmoki-Minsk in a Baltic league game. Because of injuries, Seskus said the brothers will likely play in both the Lithuanian league and the lower-level Baltic league moving forward.

Seskus also acknowledged that performance will play a role in how many minutes the Ball brothers receive, saying, "They will play, but how many minutes it depends how they will play in the game. But still they will play, and they will also play in the Lithuanian league."

Ball family patriarch LaVar Ball announced in October that he was pulling LaMelo out of high school in order to personally train him. LaVar followed that up by pulling LiAngelo out of UCLA rather than having his middle son serve an indefinite suspension for shoplifting in China.

LaMelo had previously committed to play at UCLA, but he will no longer be eligible to do so after signing with Prienu.

While 247Sports only listed LiAngelo as a 3-star prospect who ranked No. 226 overall in his class, LaMelo could have realistic NBA aspirations since 247Sports rates him as a 5-star recruit and the No. 15 overall player in the class of 2019.

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