E.J. Liddell


Player profile

  • Height 6-7
  • Weight 240
  • Year Jr.
  • Hometown Belleville, Ill.
  • H.S./Last School West

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NCAA Career Stats


  • Played in 92 career games and averaged 14.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game
  • Finished his career with 1,298 points which was 32nd in program history
  • Had 143 career blocks which were seventh-most in school history
  • Was a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection. He was the 18th Buckeye to earn All-Big Ten honors multiple times and only the 16th to earn first team honors in back-to-back years
  • One of 33 players in program history with over 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds
  • Averaged 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 blocks per game during his junior season. Only Jason Thompson of Rider and Tim Duncan of Wake Forest averaged those numbers for an entire season over the last 30 years
  • Became the 35th Buckeye in program history to score 500 points in a single-season when he scored 621 during his junior year


  • Consensus third team All-American as a junior in 2021-22 (AP, NABC, Sporting News, USBWA and CBS Sports)
  • The Athletic second team All-American (2022)
  • USBWA All-District (2022)
  • NABC All-District (2022)
  • First team All-Big Ten (2021, 2022)
  • Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2022)
  • Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Finalist (2022)
  • Naismith Trophy Player of the Year Semifinalist (2022)
  • Wooden Award National Ballot (2022)
  • Wooden Award Midseason Watch List (2021, 2022)
  • Lute Olson Midseason Watch List (2022)

AS A JUNIOR (2021-22)

  • Averaged 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 blocks per game. Only Jason Thompson of Rider and Tim Duncan of Wake Forest averaged those numbers for an entire season over the last 30 years
  • Consensus third team All-American
  • Was on the Wooden Award National Ballot and was a Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Finalist
  • First team All-Big Ten and a member of the Big Ten All-Defensive Team
  • Big Ten Player of the Week on Dec. 13
  • Led the team in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, free throws made and attempted and was second in assists
  • Was tops in the Big Ten and 14th in the country in blocked shots with 83
  • Led the Big Ten and was in the Top 10 in the country in free throws made (169) and free throws attempted (221)
  • Shot 49 percent from the floor and over 37 percent from long range
  • Scored a game-high 17 points and blocked a career-high 8 shots at Xavier (11/18)
  • Had 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting in the win over No. 22 Wisconsin (12/11)
  • Made his first six shots from the field, including five from long range, and finished with a career-high 34 points in the win over Northwestern (1/9). Was also a career-best 5-of-7 from distance against the Wildcats
  • Hit a clutch game-tying three-pointer to help erase a 20-point deficit at No. 6 Purdue (1/30). Scored 14 of his team-high 20 points in the second half, including the team’s final eight points
  • Was a career-best 11-of-11 from the free throw line and led the Buckeyes with 28 points in the win at Michigan (2/12)
  • Scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots in his return to Illinois (2/24) for the first time in front of fans
  • Was great against Nebraska (3/1), scoring 27 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking 6 shots for his 7th double-double
  • Led the Buckeyes to an NCAA Tournament win over Loyola Chicago (3/18) with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks

AS A SOPHOMORE (2020-21)

  • Listed as a one of the 20 Breakout Players for the 20-21 Season by Jon Rothstein
  • 2021 Naismith Trophy Midseason Team for Men’s Player of the Year
  • First Team All-Big Ten selection by the Big Ten coaches and second team honoree by the league media
  • Made the 2021 All-Big Ten Tournament team … averaged 15.3 points and 5.5 rebounds and was 20-24 at the foul line
  • Associated Press 2021 First Team All-Big Ten Selection
  • Named to Naismith Trophy Midseason Team for Men’s Player of the Year (2/11/21)
  • Added to the 2021 Wooden Award Ballot March 6, one of 15 players on the list
  • Named to the 2020-21 NABC District 7 First Team as selected by the district coaches … also named by the USBWA to the 2021 All-District V Team
  • Returned vs. UCLA (12/19/20) after missing two games
  • Terrific sophomore campaign with 16.2 points per game and 6.7 rebounds
  • Career-high 26 points in win at No. 15 Illinois (1/16/21)
  • Scored 22 behind 10-10 effort at the FT line in 83-79 win vs. PSU Jan. 27, 2021
  • Career high 14 rebounds vs. Oral Roberts (3/19/21)
  • Led Buckeyes in both free throws attempted (169) and makes (126)
  • Among Big Ten Players in 2020-21
    • No. 8 in scoring 16.2 ppg.
    • No. 9 in rebounding 6.7 rpg.
    • No. 8 in FG% (158-333/.474)
    • No. 7 in 20-point games (8-T)

AS A FRESHMAN (2019-20)

  • Played in all 31 games off the bench, averaging 6.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while ranking second on the team with 29 blocks
  • Totaled four points and five boards vs. UMass Lowell (11/10)
  • Went for eight points, five rebounds and four blocks against Stetson (11/18)
  • Totaled eight points and five boards against Purdue Fort Wayne (11/22)
  • Went for six points and five rebounds vs. Kent State (11/25)
  • Scored nine points against Morgan State (11/29)
  • Went for 12 points and five rebounds at North Carolina (12/4)
  • Scored a career-high 14 points and pulled down five boards at Minnesota (12/15)
  • Totaled nine points and five rebounds against Southeast Missouri (12/17)
  • Went for nine points and five boards vs. Kentucky (12/21)
  • Scored 10 points against Nebraska (1/14)
  • Went for eight points and five boards at Wisconsin (2/9)
  • Totaled a career-high 17 points to go along with a career-best eight rebounds at Iowa (2/20)
  • Went for eight points, five rebounds and a career-high five blocks at Nebraska (2/27)
  • Posted first-career double-double, tying career-best 17 points while pulling down career-high 11 boards against Illinois (3/5)


  • Named St. Louis Post-Dispatch metro area high school player of the decade
  • Averaged 20.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks as a senior
  • Two-time Illinois Mr. Basketball, helping Belleville West to Illinois state championship as a junior and a senior
  • Averaged 20.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game as a junior


  • Son of Eric and Michelle Liddell
  • Has three siblings, Myah, Myles and Erica