Javon Freeman-Liberty

#0 Javon Freeman-Liberty

Pos. G
Ht. 6-3
Wt. 175
Yr. Fr.
Hometown Chicago, Ill.
High School [Prev. School] Whitney Young

2018-19 MVC All-Freshman Team
2018-19 MVC All-Defensive Team
2019-20 MVC Preseason Second Team

2018-19: Started all 33 games for Valpo as a freshman ... member of the MVC All-Freshman and All-Defensive Teams ... named to the CollegeInsider.com Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American Team ... played 31.2 minutes/game, averaing 11.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game ... led the MVC in steals, becoming the first Valpo freshman to lead a conference in one of the five major stat categories ... first Valpo player since at least 1982 to lead conference in steals ... 60 total steals are third-most in a single season in program history and the most by a freshman ... also ranks among Valpo's most productive freshman seasons in points (364, 4th) and rebounds (142) ... one of just two freshmen in program history to hold marks among the top-five freshman totals in scoring, rebounding and steals ... had 17 double-digit scoring efforts on the season and scored at least five points in 31 of 33 games ... led Valpo in steals 20 times, scoring seven times, assists and blocks six times apiece, and rebounding five times ... debuted with a bang Nov. 6 against Concordia Chicago, leading Valpo with 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting, four assists and three steals ... 22 points was the most by a Valpo freshman in their debut since 1998 ... scored in double figures in each of the first five games - the only Valpo freshman to do so in the last 30 years - only two others had even scored in double figures in three straight to open their careers ... tallied 15 points and seven reobunds in win at George Washington Dec. 8 ... posted 15 points and seven rebounds in victory over Purdue Northwest Dec. 29 ... went 7-of-10 from the field for team-high 17 points to go with three steals in win over Bradley Jan. 8 ... led Valpo with 12 points and pulled down a team season-best 15 rebounds in a season-high 42 minutes of action Jan. 29 against Missouri State ... became first Valpo player with 15+ rebounds in a game since January of 2017, and is shortest Valpo player in at least 30 years to grab 15+ rebounds in a game ... 15 rebounds was also the most by a single player in any MVC conference game in 2018-19 ... exploded for 27 points in MVC win at Illinois State Feb. 5 on 11-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range ... set season highs for both scoring and 3-pointers in the victory over the Redbirds ... scored 20 points in the first half alone ... followed with a team-high 17 points against Loyola Feb. 10 ... named MVC Newcomer of the Week Feb. 11 ... tallied a season-best five steals to go with 15 points at Drake Feb. 16 ... helped Valpo capture first Arch Madness victory with opening-round win over Indiana State March 7, scoring 17 points, grabbing a team-high seven rebounds and leading the way with three steals.

Prep: Standout for Whitney Young H.S. in his final two years of high school ... finished senior year fifth in voting for Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois ... a consensus top-10 player in the Illinois Class of 2018 ... led Whitney Young to the Illinois class 4A state championship in 2017 as a junior and a second straight championship game appearance in 2018 ... averaged nearly 20 points and six rebounds per game as a senior, earning First Team All-State honors from the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune and the IHSA ... a Third Team All-State selection as a junior by the IHSA, averaging 13.6 points and better than five rebounds per game ... played previously at Seton H.S. ... played his AAU basketball for Meanstreets.

Personal: Son of Deanna Liberty ... major is sports management... Uncle Marcus Liberty played college basketball at Illinois from 1988-1990 and was a member of the 1989 Final Four team and was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the second round of the 1990 NBA Draft. He played for the  Nuggets and Detroit Pistons for four NBA seasons. Marcus was a prep standout at King College Prep, where he was a McDonald's All-American and a national player of the year.