Aaron Liberman of Northwestern checked in for the final minute of action against Michigan in the Wildcats’ 74-51 men’s basketball loss in Ann Arbor on Sunday and.in the process, the red-shirt freshman made history twice:
According to the Big Ten News Network, Liberman was the first player to wear a yarmulke in Big Ten Conference history.
Also, Michigan became the first NCAA Division I basketball program to host two kippa-wearing players on its court
On Dec. 27, 2000, the first night of Hanukkah, Tamir Goodman of Towson University recorded 9 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 34 minutes in the Tigers’ 73-71 loss to the Wolverines.
In his first season of college ball, Liberman’s stat line reads 2 rebounds in 4 games. But the yarmulke angle has made his celebrity star shine brighter.
“Liberman was invited to speak after a home game last month about what it’s like for him to be an Orthodox Jew playing major college hoops,” Yahoo News reported. “The school handed approximately 200 purple yarmulkes with an N printed on them to people who attended.”