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LaMelo Ball will never play college basketball after signing with agent

LaMelo Ball was supposed to be playing basketball for Chino Hills this season in his junior year. Then his father, LaVar, pulled him for home-schooling. Now comes the next step.

“He’s not going to play college basketball,” LaVar told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

The 16-year-old LaMelo and brother LiAngelo have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, who will try to place them together with a pro basketball team in Asia or Europe.

LaVar told ESPN, "I don't know the deals and who is offering what. I'm letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested. I just need to get them playing again."

LiAngelo was suspended by UCLA after shoplifting during a basketball trip to China, and is no longer attending classes.

LaMelo is nearing 6-feet-6 and could be as talented as older brother Lonzo, who plays for the Lakers. LaMelo scored 92 points in a single game last season.

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