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Updated: December 11, 2012 3:04PM

Northwestern’s Aaron Liberman is expected to become the second player in Division-I basketball history to wear a yarmulke during competition. The freshman walk-on from Valley Torah High-Los Angeles, Ca., has yet to appear in a game this season because of shin splints and may be redshirted.

The Wildcats will provide the 6-foot-10, 215-pound forward/center with a purple-and-white yarmulke for home games and purple-and-black one for the road. Liberman also plans to wear a tzitzit, a knotted fringe or tassel worn on the corners of garments, underneath his jersey, a Northwestern spokesperson confirmed.

Liberman led Valley Torah to a 25-5 record and a CIF Southern Section championship during his senior season in high school. It was the first time a Jewish school had claimed a section title in basketball in California. He spent a year in Israel before coming to Northwestern.

The only other player to wear a yarmulke during competition was Tamir Goodman, who played for Towson in 2000 and 2001, and was nicknamed “Jewish Jordan.”

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