EJ Liddell has owned Illinois high school basketball the past two seasons!
The Ohio State recruit cemented his legacy as he led Belleville West to its second 4a (biggest division) consecutive Illinois state title by defeating Evanston HS.
The 6’7 versatile scorer showed his 3-point shooting range as well as his touch around the basket. Liddell dominated the paint every time he stepped on the court this season whether as a shot blocker or rebounder.
Scorimg over 2,500 career points, Liddell becomes just the 5th player in Illinois history to be the the top-ranked player in his respective class to win multiple state championships.
The others are LaPhonso Ellis (East St. Louis Lincoln 1987-1988), Shaun Livingston (Peoria Central 2003-2004) and Simeon’s Derrick Rose and Jabari Parker.
In the 2019 Class 4A state title game at Carver Arena, EJ Liddell scored 24 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists in Belleville West’s 71-59 win versus Evanston (32-5).
For Belleville West, Will Shumpert scored 21 and Jaylin Mosby added 15. Jaheim Holden led Evanston with 20 points. Lance Jones added 15 and sophomore Louis Lesmond scored 12.
Evanston has recently solidified its status as one of the top teams in Illinois, also finishing third in 2008 and 2018, fourth in 2003.
Belleville West (34-4) is the first southern Illinois high school to win back-to-back titles in any class since East St. Louis Lincoln won three consecutive titles in Class AA from 1987 to 1989.
2018-19 high school basketball is a wrap in Illinois!
Check out these raw highlights from this 4A IHSA championship basketball game Belleville West high school vs Evanston High School from Carver Arena in Peoria, Illinois.
Thanks to Matt Troha and the IHSA. Thanks to Mario Bravo @WEGOTNEXTHOOPS1 for the camera work!
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