Northwestern has added even more size to its basketball program by landing preferred walk-on Aaron Liberman.
Liberman is a 6-foot-10, 215-pound forward/center from Los Angeles who last year played and studied abroad in Israel. He plays with a yarmulke and the website LarryBrownSports.com calls him “Jewish Dwight Howard.”
Liberman reportedly drew interest from USC, Yale, Dartmouth, Boston College and Pepperdine after averaging 17.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 8.7 blocked shots per game as a senior for Valley Torah High School.
The honor roll student helped lead Valley Torah to a 25-5 record and the CIF Southern Section championship, the first Jewish school to claim the section title. Liberman also helped lead the United States to a gold medal at the Maccabi
in Brazil in January of 2012.
“Aaron has made excellent strides to develop his body and to hone his skills on the court,” NU coach
said in a statement. “He will be a great addition to our revamped front-court."
That front-court is not only enormous with five new additions -- Liberman, 7-2 Chier Ajou, 7-foot Alex Olah, 6-9 TCU transfer Nikola Cerina and 6-8 Louisville transfer Jared Swopshire -- the group represents five nationalities if you count Liberman’s Israeli ties.
Liberman could redshirt, though CBSSports.com senior basketball writer Jeff Goodman tweeted that he watched Liberman play in Las Vegas and “he’s not bad at all. Could have been a mid-major scholly (scholarship) kid.”