The Class of 2019 continues to move into the fast lane recruiting wise and many of them are ready to take center stage as the focal point of regional and national recruiting over the next 10-12 months.  Now on the verge of heading into the critical summer between their junior and senior years in high school, many talented prospects are playing at a high level having refined their skills over the past few years.  One talented junior who continues to trend onto various national radars is E.J. Liddell of Belleville West High School in Illinois.

Equipped with a powerful 6-7 220 pound plus length frame, Liddell has quietly blossomed into high major Division 1 prospect and he has continued to deliver consistently dominant results in the process.  A skilled interior forward with good hands, nice instincts, and solid feel, Liddell brings a little bit of everything to the court game in and game out.  He has instincts and feel on the glass usually putting him in position to collect a lot of rebounds on both ends of the court.  He has good footwork and nice agility giving him the ability to play solid defense on the ball while also being able to make things happen on the offensive end of the court facing the basket or with his back to the basket.  

The talented junior handles it well, he has nice vision, and he’s shown the ability to face up and attack the rim off the bounce with agility and some fluidity not normally seen by a powerful interior player.  He can score with his back to the basket on a variety of post moves, fade a ways, and mid-range looks with consistency.  That versatility also extends out to the perimeter where he has a solid perimeter stroke and range that extends beyond the arc.  A fill the box score double double type guy, Liddell displayed all of that and then some this season averaging close to 23 points a game and almost 10 rebounds a contest.  As his play elevates so does his recruitment as a laundry list of schools are already in the mix on his trail.

Liddell holds offers from Illinois, Missouri, Marquette, Southern Illinois, Iowa State, Iowa, De Paul, Saint Louis, Illinois State, Kansas State, Florida, Northwestern, and Ohio State.  A top 50-75 national talent on most boards, Liddell is trending up and you can expect his recruiting trail to continue to fill up substantially as he’s arguably one of the better kept secrets in the country nationally right now.

Liddell plays with the Brad Beal Elite during the grassroots travel season.