LiAngelo Robert Ball (born November 24, 1998) is an American college basketball player for the UCLA Bruins.
Prior to enrolling at UCLA, he attended Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, California. In his junior season at Chino Hills, Ball won the California state championship with his brothers Lonzo and LaMelo.
Early life Edit
Ball was born to LaVar and Tina Ball, who are both former college basketball players. LaVar, who stands 6-foot-6 (1.98 m), competed with Washington State and then Cal State Los Angeles. Tina, who stands 6-feet (1.8 m), also played with the latter school. Later on, LaVar played professional American football as a tight end for the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football after being loaned from the New York Jets.
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 Edit
Ball attended Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, California, where he would play basketball under head coach Steve Baik. Also on the team, nicknamed the Huskies, were brothers Lonzo and LaMelo, as well as cousin Andre Ball. 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 during his junior season, culminating in the 2016 CIF State Open Division Championship, and the Huskies were ranked the consensus No. 1 team in the nation.
In his senior year, 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.
Despite having a stellar senior season, Ball missed out on making the McDonald’s All-American Game. The McDonald’s game is synonymous for showcasing the top high school basketball players heading towards the college basketball season. Ball admitted to the USA Today he expected to make the game. Ball was the lowest ranked high school prospect of the three brothers. Rivals, 247 Sports and ESPN all had him as a three-star recruit. He has a different build than his brothers, and could end up being more of a forward than a guard in college.
Ball verbally committed to play college basketball for UCLA when he was 13 years old.