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January 6, 2014 12:55 pm

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

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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.

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