Three UCLA players could remain in China for week or two

Aubrey Yates
November 12, 2017

UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley reportedly could be forced to serve 20 days of house arrest and receive permanent banishment from China after being arrested for stealing Tuesday in Hangzhou.

LiAngelo Ball and fellow UCLA freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were left in Hangzhou, China, as the rest of the team flew back to the U.S. Saturday night, according to an AP report.

The Associated Press, citing a person with knowledge, confirmed the ESPN report. A Bruins representative is staying with the players, and Ball's brother, Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, said their father, Lavar, is remaining in China as well.

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UCLA's basketball team returned from Shanghai after its season-opening victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday without the three players ensnared in a legal imbroglio over the alleged theft of designer sunglasses.

According to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times, the players are not now confined to the hotel. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, athletic director Dan Guerrero and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott have been traveling with the team, but only Scott has issued any statements. "There's nothing new. We're monitoring the situation and staying in close contact with the students, and we hope the situation resolves itself soon".

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