Cody Riley, Jalen Hill Suspended for Season for Arrests Involving LiAngelo Ball

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 22, 2017

UCLA basketball player Cody Riley, left, reads his statement as he is joined by teammates LiAngelo Ball, center, and Jalen Hill during a news conference at UCLA Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. Three UCLA NCAA college basketball players accused of shoplifting in China admitted to the crime and apologized before coach Steve Alford announced they were being suspended indefinitely. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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UCLA will play the rest of the 2017-18 season without freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill after the team extended their suspensions Friday. 

The school announced Riley and Hill will be suspended for the remainder of the campaign, per CNN.

Along with LiAngelo Ball, Riley and Hill were indefinitely suspended by the team in November after they were arrested in China for shoplifting. 

The Bruins were in China for a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Nov. 10. Riley, Hill and Ball were arrested three days before that for stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou. 

Ball left UCLA on Dec. 4 and later signed a professional contract, along with his younger brother, LaMelo Ball, with Vytautas Prienai in Lithuania. 

Riley and Hill were both highly regarded prospects coming into their first year at UCLA. Riley was the No. 47 recruit, and Hill came in at No. 64 in the 2017 recruiting class, per 247Sports' composite rankings

The Bruins are off to an 8-3 start this season, though they are not ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 or USA Today Coaches Poll.

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