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March 13, 2015 4:54 pm

Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

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Tulane University Basketball player Aaron Liberman. Photo: Tulane University.

Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.”

Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.”

As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to Sports Illustrated, he transferred to Tulane in order to get more playing time.

The switch is not without its difficulties. While Tulane has a sizable Jewish student population– the 9th largest of any private university– Liberman told Sports Illustrated that he thinks he is the only Orthodox Jew at Tulane. Still, Liberman feels as though he has the full support of his coach.

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