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LiAngelo Ball has his Eyes on the NBA Draft Prize

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LiAngelo Ball is having a great year so far in the LKL. The forgotten brother by many of the Ball family, LiAngelo has been on a mission to prove the doubters wrong, and has excelled in doing so. The ending of 2017 may have been the worst time of LiAngelo’s life as he was indefinitely suspended by UCLA for shoplifting in China, and subsequently withdrew to pursue other options to further his NBA career. After all of this, who would have ever thought things would line up so perfectly for him?

So far, in 9 LKL games, LiAngelo is averaging 15.7 PPG on 48% FG, and 45% from the 3-point line. As stated in a previous article, these numbers would be much higher if not for a meaningless 9-minute debut in which he went scoreless. Not to mention, his minutes per game average has gone up as of late, and he currently boasts 25 MPG. If this is not impressive enough, consider he’s averaging 25.4 PPG per 40 minutes.

But if you ask LiAngelo, he’s pushing himself to make it to the NBA. “I try to go my way and to make it to NBA,” LiAngelo said during his postgame interview. “This is the most important thing to me.”

Before LiAngelo and LaMelo trekked across the seas to Lithuania, critics from every walk of life took shots at their father, LaVar for the decision to remove them from the comfort of Los Angeles, to the cold and unknown of Prienai, Lithuania.

LiAngelo on the other hand, could care less about the haters, and is happy with this decision. “I try to be better every time I step on the court. I want to keep improving, and I think I’m doing that here. I’m better now than I was before coming to Lithuania.”

Truer words have never been spoken. Once thought of as a mid-major prospect whose chances of making the NBA were slim to none, LiAngelo has forced himself into the NBA Draft conversation with his strong play in one of the most respected professional basketball leagues in the world. The choice to leave a storied college program to venture across seas was a huge gamble — but don’t tell LiAngelo this decision hasn’t paid off.

Brandon Williams is the Editor in Chief for Fresh Sports TalkYou can follow him on Twitter @TalkinWithFresh, or “Like” him on Facebook.

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