LiAngelo Robert Ball (born November 24, 1998) is an American college basketball player for the UCLA Bruins. As a high school junior at Chino Hills High School in 2016, he won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state championship with his two brothers. He is the son of former NFL player LaVar Ball and the younger brother of current NBA player Lonzo Ball.
Ball was born in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in Anaheim, California, to LaVar and Tina Ball, who were both former college basketball players. The 6-foot-6-inch (1.98 m) LaVar played at Washington State before transferring to Cal State Los Angeles, where the 6-foot (1.8 m) Tina was also playing. A two-sport athlete, LaVar also played American football professionally for the London Monarchs in the World League of American Football.
Liangelo began playing basketball at an early age with his brothers Lonzo and LaMelo. Growing up, the trio played on teams coached by their father, including Big Ballers VXT of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), where they would continue playing into high school.
High school career
Ball played basketball at Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, California, where he would play with his older brother, Lonzo Ball, during his first three years of high school. As a sophomore in 2014-15, he helped guide Chino Hills to the CIF Division I state title game. During his junior year, he averaged a team-leading 27.4 points per game, helping Chino Hills post a perfect 35-0 record, culminating in the 2016 CIF State Open Division Championship, and the Huskies were ranked the consensus No. 1 team in the nation. His younger brother, freshman LaMelo, was also on the team as well as cousin Andre Ball.
For Ball's senior season, Chino Hills lost top player Lonzo Ball and coach Steve Baik. Ball averaged 33.8 points per game, helped lead his high school program to a 30-3 record and advanced to the 2017 CIF Southern Section Open Division semifinals. His senior season was highlighted by multiple high-scoring efforts, including a 72-point performance in a victory over Rancho Christian, one night after scoring 56 points in a 32-point win against Orange Lutheran, also had single-game point totals of 65, 60 and 52 (twice) for Chino Hills. He was named to the CIF Southern Section All-Open Division TeamAll-Area Team, first-team All-State selection in California by MaxPreps.com and an honorable mention All-America selection by MaxPreps.com, and he secured All-Area Player of the Year acclaim from the San Bernardino Sun and the Inland Daily Bulletin.
Ball signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and play for the Bruins. On November 7, 2017, Ball and his two teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill faced controversy when they were suspended indefinitely after the three players were arrested for shoplifting at Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China. They were released on bail the following morning. A week later, the players were released from China and got sent back to UCLA.
In August 2017, Ball and his family premiered in their Facebook reality show, Ball In The Family.