On Tuesday, sophomore guard Javon Freeman-Liberty made the announcement that he was pulling his name from the NBA draft and instead entered his name in the transfer portal. He took to Twitter to announce his departure.
“To this day I’ve never had to make a decision this impactful In my life... I love Valpo, they’ve been a huge part of making me the man I am becoming today,” read a tweet by Freeman-Liberty.
Freeman-Liberty also went to Instagram to announce his departure, posting a picture of him driving up to the basket with a grey uniform that had a question mark across the jersey.
Earlier in April, Freeman-Liberty announced he was going to test the waters for the 2020 NBA Draft.
Last year, Freeman-Liberty announced that he wanted to transfer out of Valpo, but decided to return to play.
Freeman-Liberty, through all 33 of his games during his freshman year, averaged 11.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. He was named on the MVC All-Freshman Team and MVC All-Defensive Team.
His sophomore year saw great strides of improvement and recognition. He became ranked 12th in the nation for total steals with 74 and 15th in steals per game.
Freeman-Liberty also received multiple honors. He was named on the MVC Preseason Second Team, Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team, and was awarded again the MVC All-Defensive Team. He also was given the All-MVC First Team, MVC Most-Improved Team, and MVC All-Tournament Team.
Freeman-Liberty was also ranked 49th in the nation in points per game at 19.0 while finishing second in the MVC in points per game. He finished sixth in the conference in assists per game with 3.2 and first in steals per game with 2.2.
Sophomore point guard Daniel Sackey shared his insight on what it was like playing with Freeman-Liberty.
“It was a natural connection on the court”, Sackey said. “We both loved transitions. We played at similar paces and it went hand in hand.”
Both Freeman-Liberty and Sackey led the team to the 2020 ARCH Madness in hopes to advance to the March Madness Tournament, but were stopped in the end when Bradley beat them 80-66.
“That set the bar and raised the level for us. We are so motivated and so excited for next season because we know we can come back and win that game,” said Sackey.
Sackey mentioned that he and his teammates were informed about his departure before he announced publicly.
“He [Javon] told us in our group chat about his decision and we were all so happy for him. Nothing but love. He’s an important player but we have to develop further and do our job,” said Sackey.
Sackey found it astonishing that Freeman-Liberty pulled out of both the draft and Valpo, thinking he was going to stick with the draft.
“I thought he was going to keep his name in the draft...and he didn’t. That surprised me,” said Sackey.