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E.J. Liddell

Forward

Player profile

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

🔊 Pronunciation

Listen: E.J. Liddell Jim Rome Show Interview 2/11/21
Listen: Liddell On ESPN Radio 1/27/21
Watch: Liddell Speaks Out Against Harassment 3/24/21

NCAA Career Stats

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
  • Pronounced lih-DELL
  • 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)

PRIOR TO OHIO STATE

  • 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

PERSONAL

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