Well, that Kentucky vs. UCLA game might look a lot different now: UCLA players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill have been arrested in China for shoplifting, per ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
There were also Georgia Tech players involved, but they were cleared by Chinese police after questioning, according to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.
“We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China,” UCLA said in a statement, according to Zagoria. “The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”
LiAngelo is the biggest name of this group, as he is the younger brother of former
De’Aaron Fox victim UCLA star Lonzo Ball and the older brother of UCLA commit LaMelo Ball. Riley is a 6-8 forward ranked 45th overall in the class of 2017 by ESPN, while Hill is also a 6-8 forward ranked 49th by ESPN.
Georgia Tech and UCLA are scheduled to play in Shanghai on Saturday, the season opener for both schools.
This spells more trouble for Georgia Tech basketball, as earlier in the week it was revealed by CBS that players in the program allegedly received benefits in violation of NCAA rules, and those violations had been “underplayed” by the university.