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Belleville West senior moves into top 40 of national recruiting polls

EJ Liddell of Belleville West announced Monday that he will attend Ohio State University.
EJ Liddell of Belleville West announced Monday that he will attend Ohio State University.

Belleville West senior EJ Liddell continues to climb among the ranks of top high school basketball players in the nation.

Rivals.com's top 150 list has the senior forward ranked No. 38 for the Class of 2019.

The 6-foot-7 Liddell, who moved to No. 35 on ESPN's top-recruits list a week ago, moved up five spots from his previous ranking on the Rivals list. He is a two-time all-state selection and the reigning Mr. Basketball in Illinois.

Liddell led Belleville West to the Class 4A state title in March and was voted the Gatorade Player of the Year in Illinois. In addition to playing with Belleville West in league play and tournaments this summer, Liddell also participated in the National Basketball Players Association's Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia last month.

Liddell is also playing with the Bradley Beal Elite AAU team, which is competing in the Peach Jam Tournament from July 11-15 in North Augusta, SC. East St. Louis senior Terrence Hargrove Jr. is also a member of the team.

Hargrove gave a verbal commitment Monday to attend Saint Louis University.

Liddell averaged 20.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.9 blocked shots and 2.8 assists for a Maroons team that finished 32-2 and won the school's first state basketball state title.

Seventeen schools have made offers to Liddell so far, including Illinois, Missouri, Louisville, Georgetown, Kansas State, Iowa, Ohio State, Marquette and Connecticut.

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