LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Teammates Likely to Be Sentenced to House Arrest

Chinese lawyers told Yahoo's Dan Wetzel that Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley could be sentenced to 3-10 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball, was among three college basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting, USA media reports said yesterday.

Chinese officials wouldn't confirm the ESPN report that Ball, Riley and Hill were arrested.

The Chinese government reported the incident to US officials, Chinese foreign ministry officials previously said.

"China is handling this case in accordance with the law, and will guarantee the rights in accordance with the law, for those involved in this case", she said.

Also, the legal process in China is a long one and the trio may be forced to be in China for months until a decision is made.

Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill are back at the hotel required by authorities to stay there while the investigation plays out. "The hope is obviously sooner rather than later".

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"The University came out with a statement, so I won't have any further comment on this other than in answering that question-those individuals won't play on Saturday", he said.

Ball, the younger brother of National Basketball Association rookie Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers, declined to comment when reached by phone at his hotel on Wednesday.

LaVar Ball, the father of the Ball athlete family, isn't anxious.

"We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China", UCLA said in a statement.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, meanwhile, said the conference is "very disappointed" by any actions that would detract from a positive cross-cultural experience. "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards". UCLA went through practice Wednesday before visiting Shanghai Disneyland.

Asked if he was anxious about LiAngelo, LaVar said, "He'll be fine".

  • Tabitha Byrd