Basketball

EJ Liddell Entering 2022 NBA Draft

Ohio State junior forward EJ Liddell has announced that he will be entering the 2022 NBA Draft and will be hiring an agent.

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Liddell averaged 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 2.5 assists per game. He is only the third player in the last 30 years to average numbers like that, joining Jason Thompson of Rider and Tim Duncan of Wake Forest.

Liddell earned All-American accolades for his performance this past season and was a two-time All-Big Ten selection.

Liddell scored in double figures in every game this season and had 13 games of 20 or more points. He became the 33rd Buckeye in program history with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. He finished with 1,298 career points, which is 32nd on the program’s all-time scoring list. Liddell is also seventh in school history with 143 career blocks.

After entering his name and testing the waters last year before returning to Ohio State, the expectation now is that Liddell will forego his final year of eligibility and stay in the draft.

“I’m really excited for EJ as he begins his NBA career,” head coach Chris Holtmann said. “He has developed and grown significantly as a player every single year as a Buckeye, and that will continue to be the case as an NBA player. E.J. has represented our program at the highest level with his excellent play, leadership and of course, his trademark smile. E.J. will always be a Buckeye. We love you, my man.”