Toronto Raptors star Jonas Valanciunas said he loves LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball’s decision to play overseas in his native Lithuania with Prienu Vytautas.
“They’re getting themselves into a great opportunity, Lithuania is beautiful country,” Valanciunas told ESPN “It’s a high level of basketball. The sky’s the limit. They [can] go out there [and] they show they can play.”
“We have great basketball history,” added Valanciunas. “We’re such a small country, but we have many, many great players. Our basketball school is good, so they chose a really good school. If they have any problems, let me know. I can help them out.”
The 7-0 Valanciunas, who led Lithuania to the 2016 Rio Olympics quarterfinal, also said the Ball Brothers will not have a problem with the language since everyone there also speaks English.
ESPN No. 7 ranked high school junior LaMelo Ball and his brother, ex-UCLA freshman LiAngelo, who recently left the school amid his China shoplifting arrest, signed with agent Harrison Gaines earlier this week, ending their amateur careers.
The brothers then signed one-year deals with Lithuania’s Prienu Vytautas.
LaMelo, a 6-2 point guard, averaged 26.7 points last season for Chino Hills HS (CA) as a sophomore, including pouring in an eye-popping 92 points in a 146-123 win over Los Osos in February.
The 6-5 LiAngelo Ball, ESPN’s No. 41 SF in the 2017 high school class and younger brother of Lakers’ 2017 No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball, averaged 33.8 points last season for Chino Hills, leading the team to a 30-3 record.
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