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Northwestern’s Aaron Liberman First Player to Wear Yarmulke in Big Ten Basketball Game

January 6, 2014 12:55 pm 2 comments
Jew Aaron Liberman was the first player known to wear a yarmulke in a Big Ten basketball game, on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Photo: Screenshot / BTN.com.

Aaron Liberman was the first player known to wear a yarmulke in a Big Ten basketball game, on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Photo: Screenshot / BTN.com.

Northwestern University freshman Aaron Liberman on Sunday was the first player known to wear a yarmulke in a Big Ten basketball game, Big Ten Network reported.

According to an article in the Chicago Sun Times last month, Liberman, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound forward from Valley Torah High, in Los Angeles,  is only the second Division I player to ever wear a yarmulke on the court. The only other player to do so was Tamir “Jewish Jordan” Goodman, who played for Towson in 2000 and 2001.

Liberman led Valley Torah to a 25-5 record and a CIF Southern Section championship as a senior, the first time a Jewish school had claimed a section title in basketball in California. Liberman then spent a year in Israel before coming to Northwestern, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

Despite the extra help from above, Northwestern on Sunday lost 74-51 at Michigan.

2 Comments

  • Aaron Liberman is a basketball player for Northwestern U, wears a yarmulke.

    Who says that “Jewish athlete” is an oxymoron. PL

    • Levin and “Jewish athlete is an oxymoron”. Philip you are stuck in a galoot mentality from the late 1800’s. Boxers, Baseball, football. go to Israel and see all sorts of athletes in action. also buy the book ‘tough jews’. what’s wrong with your comment is a form of jewish self-dislike. stick to second aliyahs.

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