COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State junior forward E.J. Liddell is part of the preseason watch list for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I Player of the Year award.
Liddell is one of 20 players on the list and one of six players from the Big Ten, the most of any conference.
Last season, Liddell averaged 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
He also led the Buckeyes with 31 blocked shots and free throws made and attempted (126-of-169).
Liddell earned All-Big Ten Tournament honors and led Ohio State with 23 points and 14 rebounds against Oral Roberts in the NCAA Tournament.
The College Hoops Today Preseason All-American has also been named to the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Watch List as well as the Preseason All-Big Ten team. Liddell will serve as one of the team’s four captains this season.
The Buckeyes will open the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 9, when they host Akron.
2022 NABC Player of the Year Award Preseason Watch List
Max Abmas, Oral Roberts (Jr. – G)
Ochai Agbaji, Kansas (Sr. – G)
Paolo Banchero, Duke (Fr. – F)
Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse (Sr. – G)
Marcus Carr, Texas (Sr. – G)
Julian Champagnie, St. John’s (Jr. – G/F)
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois (Jr. – C)
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan (So. – C)
Collin Gillespie, Villanova (Grad. – G)
Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga (Fr. – C)
Jaden Ivey, Purdue (So. – G)
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana (Jr. – F)
Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA (Jr. – G/F)
Johnny Juzang, UCLA (Jr. – G)
E.J. Liddell, Ohio State (Jr. – F)
Remy Martin, Kansas (Sr. – G)
Scotty Pippen Jr., Vanderbilt (Jr. – G)
Jahvon Quinerly, Alabama (Jr. – G)
Drew Timme, Gonzaga (Jr. – F)
Trevion Williams, Purdue (Sr. – F)