UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, who were arrested for shoplifting at three stores in China and arrived back home Tuesday, could be suspended for up to a year by the school.
University administration is considering a suspension that would last anywhere from half a season to the entire season for the players.
“If the players are suspended for half the season, they would be back around the time the team begins conference play,” wrote ESPN’s Arash Markazi. “If the players are suspended for the entire season, there is a chance one or more could decide to transfer.”
The three Bruins are currently under an indefinite suspension by the school.
UCLA chancellor Gene Block stressed the seriousness of the player violations.
“I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law,” Block said via a statement. “We remain one of the world’s top academic institutions in large part because of our values and standards, which we work hard to infuse throughout our campus community. When members of the UCLA family fail to uphold these values, we review these incidents with fair and thorough processes.”
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 HS (CA), leading the team to a 30-3 record.
The 6-10 Cody Riley, the No. 45 player in the 2017 high school class, averaged 16.3 points and 8.3 rebounds last year at Sierra Canyon (CA), leading the squad to a 27-3 record.
The 6-10 Jalen Hill, the No. 49 player in the 2017 high school class, led his Centennial HS (CA) team in scoring and rebounding last season, averaging 18.8 points and 12.5 rebounds.
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