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Liberty Basketball Gets Creative to Award Redshirt Senior Zach Farquhar a Scholarship

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Redshirt senior Zach Farquhar will be on scholarship for the 2018-19 season, his last with the Liberty Flames. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Liberty Flames have been known to get creative on social media, especially with their videos.

First, there was the time that their freshmen had some fun with the idea of commitment videos. In a press conference, three student-athletes picked from different textbooks to declare their major at the university.

Shortly after the video surfaced, the Flames had some more trickery up their sleeves. At the team’s first meeting after the players arrived for the fall semester, head coach Ritchie McKay surprised redshirt junior Zach Farquhar with a scholarship for the 2017-18 season.

Farquhar was bombarded with hugs and cheers from his teammates, and rightfully so.

Now, fast-forward to Tuesday, and the Flames were back at it once more. Again, it was at the expense of Farquhar, who is now a redshirt senior with the program. McKay had something else up his sleeve for the native of Cincinnati, OH, but he got some help from the Chief of Police with the Liberty University Police Department. Continue reading Liberty Basketball Gets Creative to Award Redshirt Senior Zach Farquhar a Scholarship

Ezra Talbert, Isaiah Williams to Transfer From Liberty

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Tuesday, redshirt freshman Isaiah Williams (above) announced that he was transferring from Liberty. One day later, redshirt junior Ezra Talbert (top) followed suit. (Source: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The off-season following the 2017-18 season is barely two days old, but it’s shaping up to be an interesting one across the country.

The number of players transferring this season has already eclipsed 300, and the number grows with each passing hour. Several factors play into a player’s decision to transfer, ranging from opportunity to academics, and from relationships to simply moving closer to home.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Liberty Flames were hit with a pair of transfers, as both Ezra Talbert and Isaiah Williams announced that they would be transferring from the program. Continue reading Ezra Talbert, Isaiah Williams to Transfer From Liberty

Former Liberty guard Ray Chen selected first overall in Chinese Basketball Association draft

Ray Chen became the fifth player to turn pro under the watch of head coach Ritchie McKay, as he was selected first overall in the 2017 Chinese Basketball Association draft.

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Despite playing just one season with the Liberty Flames, former guard Ray Chen had himself a strong collegiate career that has put him in a position to succeed.

Chen, a 6’1” guard from Taipei, Taiwan, was selected with the first overall pick in the recent Chinese Basketball Association draft.

“We are so proud of Ray and all the hard work he put into his craft,” head coach Ritchie McKay said. “Although he may not have received the playing time he wanted here at Liberty, he was a great teammate and a better person. His skillset and work ethic will result in a successful career in the CBA.” Continue reading Former Liberty guard Ray Chen selected first overall in Chinese Basketball Association draft