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Playing college ball at UCLA before making the jump to the NBA was the plan for LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball not too long ago. But the Big Baller Brand operation has pivoted big time as the Ball duo, both pulled from their respective schools, is headed overseas to play in Lithuania.
It's not about the money for the Ball Brothers. They have a passion to play Basketball and to experience playing as pros was the Goal. They have accomplished this mission and are excited to be playing on the same team to top it off. The Big Baller way! pic.twitter.com/QOu6QCtMdf
— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) December 12, 2017
The details from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Givony:
LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have reached an agreement to sign professional basketball deals with Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas, the team’s coach/GM Virginijus Seskus and Ball family agent Harrison Gaines told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
After ESPN reported on the seriousness of the talks between the Ball brothers and the European team on Monday afternoon, the two sides finalized the agreement hours later.
The report notes LiAngelo and LaMelo’s new team doesn’t practice much at all because of financial constraints. That doesn’t exactly sound like the environment to raise future NBA Big Ballers, but hey, what do I know?
Givony also provided some insight into the Ball Bros’ new coach, Virginijus Seskus:
Virginijus Seskus, coach of Prienu Vytautas, who is considering signing LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, has been described to me as "the LaVar Ball of Lithuania". Very high energy guy apparently. Loves to get technical fouls. They'll get along great, despite him speaking no english.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) December 11, 2017