LiAngelo Ball, two other UCLA basketball players arrested in China

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Barack Obama would have squashed this, but with Donald Trump in Asia...pray for LiAngelo Ball.

One source told ESPN that almost 20 police officers came into the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou around 8 a.m. local time Tuesday and spoke to several Georgia Tech and UCLA players.

Among the three players was LiAngelo Ball, LaVar's middle son, whose career at UCLA was expected to start this week. According to an ESPN source, the players were detained for hours and not allowed to speak to any coaches.

"They weren't messing around", the source said. The Bruins were traveling in China for their season opener against Georgia Tech; while the team hasn't yet made any announcements, it's likely that UCLA will be without its heralded Class of 2017 recruiting class when it takes on the Yellow Jackets Friday evening.

Many details around the reported arrest and alleged crime remain murky, although two others, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, are also said to be in Chinese custody.


Georgia Tech released a statement to ESPN Tuesday, saying that three of their players were questioned by local authorities at their hotel.

After hours of questioning, the UCLA players left in a police vehicle at around 1 p.m. local time. It has not been stated which Bruins were involved or if they were cleared of anything.

Ball is obviously the biggest name as the younger brother of former UCLA star Lonzo Ball and the older brother of UCLA commit LaMelo Ball.

LaVar Ball is reportedly scheduled to be in China this week to attend the game.

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