UCLA added its first commitment in the 2017 class on Tuesday as LiAngelo Ball pledged to head coach Steve Alford and the Bruins. The 6-foot-5 Ball is the younger brother of five-star Class of 2016 point guard Lonzo Ball, who committed to UCLA in January of 2014.
The younger Ball, also 6-foot-5, is a high-level scorer. That’s probably in-part because LiAngelo is accustomed to playing with his older brother, Lonzo, who is arguably the best passer in high school basketball. Regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, LiAngelo can play either spot on the wing. Both Ball brothers attend Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, CA.
Alford has done a great job of tapping into family to land commitments at UCLA. Besides the Ball brothers, Alford reeled in Aaron Holiday in the Class of 2015, who is the younger brother of former Bruin Jrue Holiday.
And UCLA might not be done recruiting the Ball family either. In a story from Scout.com’s Josh Gershon (subscription required), the father of the Ball brothers, LaVar Ball, says that the youngest brother, Class of 2019 guard LaMelo, could also follow his brothers’ footsteps.
“Gelo has been working hard on his game and our plan was to get him committed to UCLA the same way at the same time,” LiAngelo’s father, LaVar Ball, said to Gershon. “I’ve got three monsters over here and all three of them are lined up to follow the same path. The little guy (2019 PG LaMelo Ball) is next.”
It looks like Alford might be on to something here. Obviously, it will take some time for the Ball brothers to reach campus, but it might pay off with multiple commitments from talented players for UCLA.