UCLA, one of the most storied names in USA college basketball with 11 men's NCAA championships, won Saturday's game in Shanghai 63-60 without the three players.
Trump had raised the issue with Xi at a dinner held during the USA leader's November 8-10 state visit to Beijing.
Guard LiAngelo Ball, brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball, and forwards Cody Riley and Jalen Hill did not play in the team's victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday in Shanghai. They were questioned on suspicion of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near their hotel.
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Platt , who could not be reached for comment, said he was " totally afraid " of being arrested when police arrived. I will not waiver on my expectation of the highest integrity for myself or my staff.
The three were allowed to make bail but were not allowed to leave Chinese territory when the rest of their team flew back to the United States.
"What they did was unfortunate", Trump said. "We also want to acknowledge UCLA's significant efforts on behalf of their student-athletes".
Scott went on to thank the White House, President Donald Trump and the State Department for efforts made to resolve what he called "the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China". 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.
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A UCLA Athletics representative wrote in an email Tuesday morning that Riley, Hill and Ball will share statements with the media Wednesday at approximately 11 a.m., followed by coach Steve Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero. The teams had travelled to Hangzhou earlier in the week to visit the headquarters of the game's sponsor, Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
The world is watching the events unfold in China with interest, and speculation over what may happen to them includes everything from a slap on the wrist to 10 years in prison.
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The elder Ball has become a media personality by aggressively promoting his sons as future National Basketball Association superstars and had travelled to China on the trip to promote his Big Baller Brand shoe and apparel line.