Ohio State's E.J. Liddell is selected by New Orleans in the NBA 41 2022 Draft

Ohio State's E.J. Liddell is selected by New Orleans in the NBA 41 2022 Draft

E.J. Liddell was in the process of defending both his title as Illinois Mr. Basketball as well as the first state title in Belleville West history 

and his current coach was talking with his future one. Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann had taken a private jet to watch Liddell 

who was signed to play for the Buckeyes in the 2019 class, and as the Maroons boarded the bus he wrapped up a conversation with coach Joe Muniz. 

As he did, Holtmann told Muniz what was ahead for Liddell when he got to the Big Ten. He will struggle, Holtmann told Muniz.  

All freshmen do. But it will be about how he gets through it that will determine whether he becomes a great player 

Liddell, in other words, would have to prove it all over again. Three years, two first-team all-Big Ten selections and more than 1,000 points later, 

Liddell was surrounded by more than 200 friends and family members inside the St. 

Clair Country Club when NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum announced the 41st pick in the 2022 NBA draft. 

When he did, and Liddell heard his name called out on the broadcast projected onto a giant screen, a cacophony of sound swept through the room and shook the floor.