Marcus Liberty

Marcus Liberty (born October 27, 1968) is an American former professional basketball player. He played four seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Liberty played college basketball for the University of Illinois.

Marcus Liberty
Personal information
Born (1968-10-27) October 27, 1968
Chicago, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolKing College Prep
(Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeIllinois (1988–1990)
NBA draft1990 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career1990–2002
PositionSmall forward
Career history
19901993Denver Nuggets
1993–1994Detroit Pistons
1994–1995Rapid City Thrillers
1995–1996AEK Athens
1996–1997Ortaköy Spor Kulübü
1997Cariduros de Fajardo
1997–1998Jämtland Ambassadors Östersund
1998Polluelos de Aibonito
1998–1999Zexel Bosch Blue Winds
1999–2000Las Vegas Silver Bandits
2000Alaska Aces
2000–2001South Dakota Gold
2001Potros de Villa Francisca
2001–2002Español de Talca
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points1,942 (7.3 ppg)
Rebounds925 (3.5 rpg)
Stats at

High school

After leading Chicago's Crane High School Cougars to a sophomore city title as a freshman, Liberty transferred to Chicago's King College Prep High School for his sophomore through senior seasons from 1984 to 1987. During his time at King, Liberty led his basketball teams to an IHSA State Championship in 1986 and a second-place finish in 1987. During the 1987 tournament run, Liberty scored 41, 23, 38 and 41 points consecutively. His 143-point effort during that tournament stands as a class AA record in the state of Illinois. He was named a McDonald's All-American in 1987,[1] as well as the Parade Player of the Year.[2]

In 2007, Liberty was voted one of the "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament," recognizing his superior performance in his appearances in the tournament.[3] He was considered the top senior prep player in the nation by Sports Illustrated.

College and NBA

Liberty played collegiately at the University of Illinois, and was a member of the team that advanced to the 1989 NCAA Final Four. That Fighting Illini team gained the moniker "Flyin' Illini" by Dick Vitale while broadcasting a game during the 1988-89 season. Along with Liberty, the other members of that team included Nick Anderson, Kendall Gill, Stephen Bardo, Kenny Battle, and Lowell Hamilton. He was then selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 2nd round (42nd overall) of the 1990 NBA Draft. A 6'8" (2.03 m) and 205 lb (93 kg) small forward, Liberty played for the Nuggets and Detroit Pistons in 4 NBA seasons. His best year as a pro was during the 1991-92 NBA season when he appeared in 75 games for the Nuggets, averaging 9.3 ppg.


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nick Anderson
Illinois Mr. Basketball Award Winner
Succeeded by
Eric Anderson
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