"LiAngelo has been, since coming back [from China], he's been tremendous", Alford said. "I think it's more surprised if you're looking for one word, it's surprised because it's nothing we saw coming".
The Bruins are wrapping up a critical four-game homestand that Alford has dubbed "growth week" before they play their only true nonconference road game of the season Saturday at MI.
Alford said his reaction to Ball leaving was surprised above all else. When asked about Trump's role in the situation, Ball said, "Who?"
Ball recently announced that he pulled LiAngelo Ball out of UCLA following his indefinite suspension from the basketball program.
His father told "Access Hollywood" that his "grand plan" is for his three sons to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.
"I don't think it's angry", he said (via ESPN's Kyle Bonagura).
Ball, the middle Ball brother, did not play a single game in college after being suspended from the team - along with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill. "I'm at Pauley (Pavilion) every day". The other part of me thinks he is a insane dad who clearly loves his sons but does not know how to conduct his love for them in a socially acceptable way.
LiAngelo Ball told "Access Hollywood" in an interview aired Tuesday on the "Today" show that the players were in jail in China for 1 ½ days. "It's just you and the officers and they don't speak English".
UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball is surrounded by reporters and photographers as he leaves Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles. Oldest son Lonzo is a rookie with the Lakers after playing one successful season at UCLA.
"Yes, we have openings at the security staff because they have experience in this field" is the best put down on the Ball family anyone has thrown yet, and it comes from a Lithuanian basketball team you've never heard of until reading this story.
The brothers - Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo - were tearing up the high school and AAU circuits, most notably for their high-scoring performances.
So basically, a brazen father steps in like the helicopter parent of all helicopter parents, takes his son out of college, potentially ruining his future, and will now "make him way better" before the National Basketball Association draft in June.
Trump saying he should have left the players in jail.
The Big Baller Brand isn't living up to the hype on the basketball court.