The 6-foot-7, 228-pound junior power forward had led the Maroons to a 27-2 record and a berth in the Class 4A Pekin Sectional semifinals at the time of his selection. Liddell averaged 20.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.0 blocks and 2.9 assists through 29 games. Ranked as the No. 42 recruit in the Class of 2019 by Rivals.com, Liddell was a 2017 First Team All-State selection and a St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro honoree. He entered the sectional semifinals with 1,656 career points, just 70 shy of the school record.
Liddell has maintained a B average in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria. He will begin his senior year of high school this fall.
Liddell has volunteered locally as a mentor to freshmen and sophomores at his school and as a youth basketball coach. He has also donated his time to multiple community service initiatives through the Sigma Beta Club, a national organization dedicated to service.