UCLA basketball freshmen fly home after one-week detainment in China

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Three UCLA basketball players were arrested November 7 in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting.

The relatively quick and painful resolution of the situation should be taken as a positive sign for not only the trio of UCLA players but for the Pac-12 as well.

The three players, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, did not play in the team's win over Georgia Tech on Saturday in Shanghai.

Three UCLA basketball players are returning to the U.S. after President Donald Trump reportedly negotiated their release from police in Hangzhou, China.

"We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home", said Scott.

UCLA, one of the most storied names in United States college basketball with 11 men's NCAA championships, won Saturday's game in Shanghai 63-60 without the three players.

Trump said he personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to intervene on behalf of the three players during his two-day state visit to Beijing last week. He said the trio, who had been held since last week, could have faced long prison sentences.

LaVar, LaMelo and Tina Ball - the family's matriarch - all went to China to watch LiAngelo play his first game as a Bruin and promote the opening of a Big Baller Brand pop-up shop in Shanghai.

According to a report over the weekend from ESPN, the players could be in China for another week or two, dependent upon how quickly the legal process can be resolved. It's unclear what direct role Trump played in the players being freed, but the president told reporters in Asia he had a "great conversation" with Xi Jinping about the players.

Ball, Hill and Riley were expected to have an immediate impact as part of UCLA's highly touted recruiting class.

"Trump learned about the details of the case from aides, including [Chief of Staff John] Kelly, said the official familiar with the internal discussions".

They were released on bail early Wednesday morning, ESPN reported.

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