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2018-19 MVC All-Freshman Team
2018-19 MVC All-Defensive Team
2019-20 MVC Preseason Second Team
2019-20 Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team
2019-20 All-MVC First Team
2019-20 MVC All-Defensive Team
2019-20 MVC Most-Improved Team
2019-20 MVC All-Tournament Team
2019-20 NABC All-District First Team
2019-20: Ranked 12th nationally in total steals (74), 15th in steals per game (2.24), 18th in total field goals made (227), 27th in total points (628) and 49th in points per game (19.0)… Finished second in the MVC in ppg, sixth in rpg (6.1), sixth in apg (3.2) and first in spg (2.2), the only player in the conference in the top six in all four categories and one of two (Loyola’s Cameron Krutwig) in the top 10 in all four categories… His 628 points were the fifth-most in a single season in program history, while his 74 steals shattered Lubos Barton’s program record of 63 that had stood since 2001-02. He joined Alec Peters as the only Valpo players since 1970 to score over 620 points in a season… Shattered the program’s single-season sophomore scoring record and likely would have become the second player in program history (Alec Peters) to reach 1,000 career points by the end of his sophomore season if it weren’t for COVID-19 cancelling the CIT as he finished the season with 992 career points… His 227 made field goals were the seventh-most in single-season program history… Became the first player to lead the MVC in steals in back-to-back seasons since Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins did so in 1986, 1987 and 1988… Became the first Valpo player to lead the team in points, rebounds and steals in the same season since Ryan Broekhoff did so in 2011-12… His 628 points were the eighth-most by a sophomore in the history of the Missouri Valley Conference… Had 227 made field goals, the seventh-most in program history and second-most since 1996 behind Dan Oppland’s 231 in 2005-06… Finished in double figures in 31 out of 33 games, scored 20+ points 15 times and scored 25+ points on eight occasions… Reached double figures in all 29 regular-season appearances… Finished the year with 134 career steals to enter his junior season 11 away from entering Valpo’s career Top 10… Led the team in scoring 20 times, rebounding 17 times, assists 11 times and steals 17 times…Had eight games with four or more steals and 17 games with seven or more rebounds, including 11 of his final 13 games of the season… Had two double-doubles including one in the MVC Championship game against Bradley, recording the 34th double-double in the history of the MVC title game and just the second since 2007, joining Illinois State’s Phil Fayne (2018). He became just the ninth player with a 20&10 game in the MVC Final, the first since 2004 and the second over the last two decades… Had the third-highest point total in a double-double (24) in MVC championship game history behind Xavier McDaniel’s 34 in 1985 and Gary Wilson’s 28 in 1977… Became the first Valpo player since the program joined The Valley to achieve All-MVC First Team status while also becoming just the fifth Valpo player over the last 30 years to earn first-team all-conference as a freshman or sophomore, joining Alec Peters (2014-15), Raitis Grafs (2000-01), Lubos Barton (1998-99) and Bryce Drew (1995-96)… Also earned MVC Most-Improved Team, MVC All-Defensive Team, MVC All-Tournament Team, NABC All-District First Team and finished second in the MVC Defensive Player of the Year voting and third in the Larry Bird Player of the Year balloting… Was just one point behind UNI’s Isaiah Brown in the closest Defensive Player of the Year vote in the history of the award…. Started the year with a 19-point, five-rebound effort in a 79-77 victory over Toledo on Nov. 5. That culminated with an off-balance 15-footer with 3.7 seconds left that gave Valpo the lead and the win... Scored 14 points in a span of 4 minutes, 23 seconds on Nov. 9 at Saint Louis and finished the game with 19, marking the first sequence of back-to-back games with 19 points or more in his career... Had 30 points while also pulling down 13 rebounds in a Nov. 12 win at SIUE. He became the second Valpo player in the last 20 seasons with a 30&10 game, joining Alec Peters (six times)... Stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, nine rebounds, four steals and five assists on Nov. 17 vs. North Dakota... Named the MVC Player of the Week on Nov. 18... Averaged 25.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game during three contests at the Paradise Jam event (Nov. 22-25) in the U.S. Virgin Islands, earning all-tournament team honors. His success came against three quality teams in Grand Canyon, Nevada and Cincinnati, including a career-high 32 points in an overtime defeat to the Bearcats on Nov. 25... Started the season with seven straight games of 19 points or more, joining Alec Peters (2016-17) as the only Valpo players to accomplish that feat in that last 30 years. Saw that streak snapped when he scored 12 points in just 18 minutes on Nov. 27 vs. NAIA Trinity Christian... Was named the MVC Player of the Week for the second time in a three-week span on Dec. 2... Poured in a team-high 28 points while equaling a career high with five steals on Dec. 3 at Eastern Michigan... Led the team with 22 points despite being limited to 27 minutes due to early foul trouble in a Dec. 18 win at High Point. Put an exclamation point on the victory with a highlight-reel dunk late in the game... Led Valpo in scoring for the 10th consecutive game against D-I opponents with 21 to go along with seven rebounds, six assists and four steals on Dec. 21 at Arkansas... Had 10 points and a career-high seven assists on Dec. 30 vs. Loyola... Enjoyed his fourth game of the season with 25 points or more in an overtime win at Evansville on Jan. 5 by posting 25... Made an appearance on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays on Jan. 7, checking in at No. 5 thanks to a poster dunk in a game at Southern Illinois... Named to the Lou Henson Award (mid-major player of the year) Watch List on Jan. 9... Already surpassed his season point total from his freshman campaign on Jan. 15 at UNI, turning in a 28-point, eight-rebound, four-steal outing to lead the team in all three categories... Had the highest home scoring output of his career to date with a 25-point, eight-rebound night in a Jan. 18 victory over Indiana State. In the process, he became the 11th player in the nation to surpass the 400-point mark during the 2019-20 season... Scored 19 points in the second half alone as part of a game-high 25 in a Feb. 15 victory at Illinois State to help Valpo come from 17 down to win 65-62. He also had seven rebounds, three assists and tied a career high with five steals... Was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season on Feb. 17... Shattered the Valpo record for steals in a single season on Feb. 19 at Drake, grabbing his 64th of the year to beat the mark set by Lubos Barton in 2001-02. Finished the game with 19 points, a team-high six assists, seven rebounds, two steals and a season-high two blocks before fouling out late in regulation of an overtime defeat... Missed the final two games of the regular seasons due to mononucleosis... Returned in time to play in all four MVC Tournament games in St. Louis, but had his first two single-figure scoring outputs of the season in the first two games, scoring eight points against Evansville and six points against Loyola. He did total nine steals over those two games including a five-steal, six-assist, seven-rebound effort against the Purple Aces in the opening round… Exploded for 29 points, the highest total of his career in a game against a Missouri Valley Conference team, on March 7 vs. Missouri State, going 10-of-18 from the floor while making a career-high nine free throws, handing out five assists, grabbing three steals and finishing a rebound shy of a double-double to help Valpo prevail in the MVC semifinal matchup.
2018-19: Started all 33 games for Valpo as a freshman ... member of the MVC All-Freshman and All-Defensive Teams ... named to the CollegeInsider.com Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American Team ... played 31.2 minutes/game, averaing 11.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game ... led the MVC in steals, becoming the first Valpo freshman to lead a conference in one of the five major stat categories ... first Valpo player since at least 1982 to lead conference in steals ... 60 total steals are third-most in a single season in program history and the most by a freshman ... also ranks among Valpo's most productive freshman seasons in points (364, 4th) and rebounds (142) ... one of just two freshmen in program history to hold marks among the top-five freshman totals in scoring, rebounding and steals ... had 17 double-digit scoring efforts on the season and scored at least five points in 31 of 33 games ... led Valpo in steals 20 times, scoring seven times, assists and blocks six times apiece, and rebounding five times ... debuted with a bang Nov. 6 against Concordia Chicago, leading Valpo with 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting, four assists and three steals ... 22 points was the most by a Valpo freshman in their debut since 1998 ... scored in double figures in each of the first five games - the only Valpo freshman to do so in the last 30 years - only two others had even scored in double figures in three straight to open their careers ... tallied 15 points and seven rebounds in win at George Washington Dec. 8 ... posted 15 points and seven rebounds in victory over Purdue Northwest Dec. 29 ... went 7-of-10 from the field for team-high 17 points to go with three steals in win over Bradley Jan. 8 ... led Valpo with 12 points and pulled down a team season-best 15 rebounds in a season-high 42 minutes of action Jan. 29 against Missouri State ... became first Valpo player with 15+ rebounds in a game since January of 2017, and is shortest Valpo player in at least 30 years to grab 15+ rebounds in a game ... 15 rebounds was also the most by a single player in any MVC conference game in 2018-19 ... exploded for 27 points in MVC win at Illinois State Feb. 5 on 11-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range ... set season highs for both scoring and 3-pointers in the victory over the Redbirds ... scored 20 points in the first half alone ... followed with a team-high 17 points against Loyola Feb. 10 ... named MVC Newcomer of the Week Feb. 11 ... tallied a season-best five steals to go with 15 points at Drake Feb. 16 ... helped Valpo capture first Arch Madness victory with opening-round win over Indiana State March 7, scoring 17 points, grabbing a team-high seven rebounds and leading the way with three steals.
Prep: Standout for Whitney Young H.S. in his final two years of high school ... finished senior year fifth in voting for Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois ... a consensus top-10 player in the Illinois Class of 2018 ... led Whitney Young to the Illinois class 4A state championship in 2017 as a junior and a second straight championship game appearance in 2018 ... averaged nearly 20 points and six rebounds per game as a senior, earning First Team All-State honors from the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune and the IHSA ... a Third Team All-State selection as a junior by the IHSA, averaging 13.6 points and better than five rebounds per game ... played previously at Seton H.S. ... played his AAU basketball for Meanstreets.
Personal: Son of Deanna Liberty ... major is sports management... Uncle Marcus Liberty played college basketball at Illinois from 1988-1990 and was a member of the 1989 Final Four team and was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 1990 NBA Draft. He played for the Nuggets and Detroit Pistons for four NBA seasons. Marcus was a prep standout at King College Prep, where he was a McDonald's All-American and a national player of the year... Collects shoes and has over 150 pairs.