E.J. Liddell Named USA Today Illinois Player of the Year, D.J. Carton Makes All-Iowa Team

By Kevin Harrish on April 16, 2019 at 4:07 pm
E.J. Liddell named Illinois Player of the Year.
Jimmy J Simmons/Champaign News-Gazette

The next wave of basketball Buckeyes collected some honors this week with both E.J. Liddell and D.J. Carton picking up All-State honors, with Liddell also named the USA Today Illinois Player of the Year.

Liddell's honor comes after a dominating season where he averaged 20.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks a game to lead his Belleville West High School to the Illinois state title.

Four-star point guard Carton also made an all-state team, as he was named to Des Moines Register's All-Iowa team. Carton dominated Bettendorf High School, averaging 24.4 points per game on 54.5 percent shooting, adding 7.6 rebounds and six assists per game. He led his team to a 21-2 regular season record before it came one game shy of the state tournament.

Both players are part of Ohio State's top-10 2019 recruiting class which features four-stars Carton, Liddell and Alonzo Gaffney as well as the recent addition of three-star, 7-foot center Ibrahima Diallo.

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