Ohio State’s EJ Liddell chosen in NBA draft by New Orleans Pelicans

Ohio State’s EJ Liddell was taken by the New Orleans Pelicans with the No. 41 choose of the NBA draft on Thursday.

He adopted teammate Malaki Branham, whom the San Antonio Spurs grabed with the No. 20 choice earlier within the night. Liddell is the fifty fifth Ohio State participant drafted since 1947.

In 92 profession video games, Liddell averaged 14.1 factors and 6.1 rebounds per sport. His 1,298 profession factors are thirty second in Ohio State historical past, and his 143 blocks are seventh-most.

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A four-star prospect from Belleville (Illinois) West, Liddell got here to Ohio State as solely the second two-time Illinois Mr. Basketball winner in state historical past after Jabari Parker did so in 2013 and 2014. Liddell captured the state’s high particular person award whereas main the Maroons to consecutive state championships in 2018 and 2019 earlier than enrolling at Ohio State.

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