Belleville West basketball star E.J. Liddell has given a verbal commitment to The Ohio State University.
A 6’7,” 230-pound forward, Liddell is rated among the Top 50 players in the country in the Class of 2019. He was selected Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois after leading the Maroons to the Illinois Class 4A state championship last season. He was also the St. Louis American Co-Player of the Year in 2018 with former Webster Groves star Courtney Ramey.
Liddell made his official announcement on Monday evening at a local restaurant in Belleville while surrounded by many family members and friends. Liddell’s final decision came down to Ohio State, Missouri and Illinois.
“It was a hard decision,” Liddell said. “I had a lot of great options, a lot of great opportunities. People gave me a lot of chances to play basketball in their program. I felt this was the right decision for me, in my heart. And my family felt the same way.”
The recruiting battle was close and intense with Illinois, his home state school making a strong push and Mizzou, a program that already has some top metro east Illinois talent in the program in Jeremiah Tilmon (East St. Louis), Mark Smith (Edwardsville) and Javon Pickett (Belleville East). But in the end, it was Ohio State for Liddell, a lifelong fan of the Buckeyes.
“I loved Ohio State since I was a kid,” he said. “I thought the best of Ohio State for a long time because I thought I was going to play football and they always had a top five football program every year. When I realized I could play basketball, I kept that in consideration.”
As a junior, Liddell led Belleville West to the Illinois Class 4A state championship, the first in the school’s history. Liddell averaged 20.8 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 57 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3-point range and 78 percent from the free throw line. He is also a dominating defensive player with a school-record 200 blocked shots last season.
Jameson Williams is headed to OSU
Cardinal Ritter College Prep football standout Jameson Williams also gave a commitment to Ohio State. The 6’2,” 175-pound Williams is a tremendous wide receiver and one of the top prospects in the state of Missouri. Williams also considered Alabama, Oregon, Nebraska and UCLA before choosing the Buckeyes.
Williams is currently enjoying a big junior season in leading the Lions to a 6-0 record. In six games, Williams has 26 receptions for 576 yards and nine touchdowns. Williams is also a standout in track and field for Cardinal Ritter. He led the Lions to the Class 3 state championship last season.
Amorey Womack to TSU
Webster Groves basketball standout Amorey Womack has given a verbal commitment to Tennessee State University. The 6’0” Womack was a valuable offensive threat for the Statesmen, who won the Class 5 state championship in 2018. Womack enjoyed a productive summer while playing for the Bluff City Legends (TN) in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.