Javon Freeman-Liberty

On Wednesday afternoon, sophomore guard Javon Freeman-Liberty announced on Twitter that he will be declaring for the 2020 National Basketball Association Draft. He is one of four Valpo players to declare for the draft, joining former players Alec Peters, Tevonn Walker, and Derrik Smitts. 

“Overall, I have learned to value my team and family because they have motivated me and helped me mold into the person that I am today. I would like to thank my family, coaches and trainers who have stood behind me every step of the way. With that being said, I have decided to test the waters and enter my name into the 2020 NBA Draft,” Freeman-Liberty said. 

According to NCAA rules, Freeman-Liberty would be able to return to Valparaiso and keep his eligibility if he is undrafted. This year, all athletes are given until the April 26 deadline to be on the Early Entry list to declare for the draft. 

After entering, athletes can go onto the NBA Draft Combine to showcase their skills, which is slated for May 21-24 this year. After the final day of the NBA Draft Combine, athletes can withdraw their names as an Early Entry Entrant before June 15 at 5p.m. ET. If not, athletes will be looking forward to the 2020 NBA Draft on June 25. 

Through his two years at Valpo and his career at Whitney Young High School, Freeman-Liberty took the time to thank those who have helped him along the way as a basketball player. 

“With great appreciation in my heart, I owe gratitude to not only Jesus Christ but to my strong support system which kept me grounded throughout my basketball career. I have learned valuable life skills for both on and off the court. I have learned to be patient and resilient to every obstacle that I have encountered,” Freeman-Liberty said.

Freeman-Liberty’s two years at Valparaiso have been nothing short of achievement filled. He started all 33 of his games during his freshman year, averaging 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, 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 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 also finished sixth in the conference in assists per game with 3.2 and first in steals per game with 2.2. 

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