(photos) Basketball player LiAngelo Ball and Love & Hip Hop star Nikki Mudarris expecting first child together

LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of NBA stars Lonzo and LaMelo Ball, and reality TV personality Nikki Mudarris are expecting their first child together. The couple expressed their excitement about their impending parenthood and said that they had talked about starting a family since the early days of their relationship.

“We’re thrilled to be expecting our first child together. When we first met, we talked about our life goals and our shared dream of starting a family. Now that it’s really happening, we couldn’t be more excited,” said the couple in a statement to PEOPLE.

The couple added that their family and friends were equally excited about the news. “Our loved ones have been so supportive and excited for us. Everyone is eagerly waiting for the arrival of our baby and can’t wait to meet him or her,” they said.

Ball, who currently plays for the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA G League, said that he was in Charlotte, North Carolina, when he first found out about the pregnancy. He wanted to wait to tell his family and friends in person when he returned home to California.

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“When I told my mom and dad, they were a little shocked at first, but then they were over the moon with excitement. My brothers were thrilled to become new uncles to my seed,” said Ball.

While the couple revealed that they know the sex of their baby, they plan to keep it a secret for now. They also shared that they had picked out their child’s name(s) three months before Mudarris got pregnant, so naming their child was an easy decision.

Mudarris, who stars in the reality show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, expressed her gratitude for the blessings in her life. “I feel so blessed to have found love with such an amazing man and to be starting a family together. Everything I ever wanted is coming true,” she said.

The couple did not reveal a due date for their baby, but it is expected that they will share more updates as their pregnancy progresses.