LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball sign pro contracts with Lithuanian club

LaMelo Ball is beginning his pro career at just 15 years old

LaMelo Ball is beginning his pro career at just 15 years old

LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have both signed one-year contracts with Vytautas Prienai - a professional basketball club in Lithuania - a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

LaVar Ball pulled his youngest son LiAngelo, 16, from Chino Hills high school in October vowing to home school him and get him ready for UCLA, which was more than two years away. ESPN's Fran Fraschilla doesn't believe the Ball brothers will earn much money, if they make any at all. Rural-based Vytautas has teams in the Lithuanian League and the Baltic League, the latter of which is less competitive.

LiAngelo Ball is leaving UCLA for Lithuania
LiAngelo Ball is leaving UCLA for Lithuania

"They just gotta work hard". "We are committed to their long-term success and development as professional basketball players".

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are expected to join the club in early January and remain there until the end of the the season, according to The Associated Press. That included plenty of memes, GIFs and videos anticipating the clash between enigmatic Vytautas head coach Virginijus Seskus - known as the "LaVar Ball of Lithuania" - and the real Ball family.

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LaVar said he wants both sons to play in the National Basketball Association, and ideally, he wants the Los Angeles Lakers to draft them so they can play alongside their older brother Lonzo. He called the move an "experiment", but sounded hopeful that the teenage brothers "are good enough to play here". "The priority is for the boys to play on the same team".

One chided them on their athleticism.

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