Sport LaMelo Ball immediately proves he’s the star of his Lithuanian team

01:36  10 january  2018
01:36  10 january  2018 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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He struggled to stay in front of his man even against a Lithuanian B- team and got into foul trouble. Still, many expected LaMelo to be overmatched against pros in Lithuania , and that simply wasn’t the case. He proved he belonged.

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LaMelo Ball immediately proves he's the star of his Lithuanian team: US basketball players LiAngelo Ball (L) and Lamelo Ball takes part in their first training session in Prienai, Lithuania, where they will play for the Vytautas club on January 5, 2018. Basketball-crazed Lithuania welcomed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, the two youngest sons of flamboyant Los Angeles entrepreneur LaVar Ball who recently made headlines due to a feud with US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / Petras MalukasPETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_VQ2GH© AFP/Getty Images US basketball players LiAngelo Ball (L) and Lamelo Ball takes part in their first training session in Prienai, Lithuania, where they will play for the Vytautas club on January 5, 2018. Basketball-crazed Lithuania welcomed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, the two youngest sons of flamboyant Los Angeles entrepreneur LaVar Ball who recently made headlines due to a feud with US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / Petras MalukasPETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_VQ2GH

It's disappointing that LaMelo Ball won't get to play college basketball in the U.S. because he's actually good.

On Tuesday, LiAngelo and LaMelo made their professional basketball debuts with BC Vytautas in a Big Baller Brand-sponsored game against BC Žalgiris-2. The competition wasn't great - or even decent. But it was clear that LaMelo was the best player on the floor for Vytautas.

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Lithuania basketball team signs LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball to pro contracts. People in Lithuania sensed immediately that something big had happened Over the next few days, Lithuanians learned the basic facts: LiAngelo, 19, and LaMelo , 16, are the younger brothers of Lonzo, the star rookie

LaMelo's first possession was basically what we've grown used to seeing from him: a long, contested shot from 3. He missed badly.

Yet, when LaMelo got into his rhythm on offense, his skill was undeniable. He broke out a no-look pass on a fast break for sweet assist.

He had a strong finish through contact with the foul.

LaMelo had six points in the first half, but at 16, he proved he belonged. LiAngelo had seven points in the first half, but had some rough moments like a missed fast-break layup.

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LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball signed one-year contracts with Lithuanian team Prienu Vytautas, according to The Vertical and will join the professional team in early Immediately after LiAngelo’s return to the states, LaVar Ball told ESPN that the family was “exploring other options with Gelo. He ’ s out of there.”

LaMelo Ball ’ s college eligibility was already in question after his Big Baller Brand signature shoe was released earlier this year, but him and The Lithuanian club founded in 1994 is hardly a household name, but most European teams aren’t. They currently play in the Lithuanian Basketball League .

And sure, let's not get too crazy. LaMelo's defense needs to improve. He struggled to stay in front of his man even against a Lithuanian B-team and got into foul trouble.

Still, many expected LaMelo to be overmatched against pros in Lithuania, and that simply wasn't the case. He proved he belonged.

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WATCH: LaVar Ball loses free-throw contest to fan on pitiful airball .
If you thought Lonzo Ball was a poor free-throw shooter, just wait until you see LaVar Ball step to the line. The Big Baller Brand CEO got his shot at the stripe in a contest against a fan during a break in the action of LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball's game in Lithuania with Prienu Vytautas, a 130-93 win over Lietuvos Rytas' second team, on Monday.Watch as the Ballfather swishes one attempt-and celebrates with a Conor McGregor-esque dance-in between a brick and an airball en route to defeat. LaVar Ball loses free throw contest to a fan at halftime of his sons game pic.twitter.

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