The strongest and best three-point shooting brother in the Ball family, LiAngelo Ball, had his shooter’s mentality on full display during his UCLA debut on Wednesday. In 16 minutes off the bench, Gelo went 4-of-8 from the field and 2-of-6 from three for 11 points. Most of his shots came within 1-2 seconds after receiving a pass.
“He made a couple good moves inside the arc that I was really glad to see because he’s been doing that in practice and I thought he showed some maturity and growth at the defensive end and that’s something we want to see,” head coach Steve Alford said.
As expected, Gelo’s father, LaVar Ball, was in attendance (taking photos with fans at halftime and after the game) along with his little brother LaMelo, who has committed to UCLA and currently has his own signature shoe and a Lambo. According to the LA Times, LaVar praised UCLA’s “freewheeling style” and said “if the team kept playing the same way it could win the national championship.” He also said the UCLA squad would have put up 150 points if they still had Lonzo.
Fellow Ballislife All-Americans Jaylen Hands (12/11/9) and Kris Wilkes (14 points) also played well during their debuts in the 111-80 exhibition victory over Cal State LA.