‘Jewish Dwight Howard’ Aaron Liberman joins Northwestern

The 6’10” big man LBS dubbed the “Jewish Dwight Howard” has found a collegiate home. Aaron Liberman of Valley Village, Ca., is joining the Northwestern basketball program as a preferred walk-on, coach Bill Carmody announced on Wednesday.

Liberman, who spent last year playing and studying in Israel, has been added to Northwestern’s roster.

“Aaron has made excellent strides to develop his body and to hone his skills on the court,” NU coach Bill Carmody said in a statement, per the Chicago Tribune. “He will be a great addition to our revamped front-court.”

Liberman is a forward-center who weighs 215 pounds. He led Valley Torah to the Southern Section Div. VI-AA title in 2011 by averaging 17.4 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 8.7 blocks per game. Below is the youngster’s highlight tape:

The Jewish Journal wrote an excellent feature on Liberman last year in case you’re interested in reading more on the young man.

Thanks to LBS contributor Howie T. for the tip

Photo via ESNNews/YouTube

Aaron Liberman: Jewish Dwight Howard

In order to understand the importance of Aaron Liberman, you have to grasp how the Jewish community feels about its athletes. See, all it takes is a hint of Judaism for the community to begin buzzing about a given player. The reason is simple: Jews are generally viewed as people better suited to be owners, coaches, GMs or media members reporting on 40-times rather than the ones running them.

Your grandmother may not know what a puck is, but when she hears that Matthew Berman scored a goal for the Kings she wants to know if he’s Jewish. Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun may have been raised Catholic, but the Jews will follow his career like Moses through the desert. They’ll tell you his last name is all they need to know about him to like him. Or better yet, ask Mike Jacobs about the devotion. He was the first athlete in the history of South Florida sports to get the Del Boca Vista crowd to attend Marlins games. They still don’t care that he actually is not Jewish.

The point is that baseball has Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg, football has Sid Luckman, and the list of Jews in basketball includes Dolph Schayes, and the dude SI said was the Jewish Jordan. Simply said, we need someone, and Omri Casspi, Jordan Farmar, and whatever Amare Stoudemire is trying to pass himself off as won’t cut it.

We need a new hope.

Enter Aaron Liberman.

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