New Orleans Pelicans select E.J. Liddell and Karlo Matkovic in the second round of the 2022 NBA Draft

The New Orleans Pelicans have selected forward E.J. Liddell with the 41st overall pick and forward/center Karlo Matković with the 52nd overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Liddell, 6-7, 240, is coming off a junior campaign at The Ohio State University in which he averaged 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 blocks per game en route to consensus third team All-American, first team All-Big Ten, and Big Ten All-Defensive honors. Liddell led the Buckeyes in scoring, rebounding, blocks, free throws made and attempted, and was second in assists.

Matković (Mat-ko-vich), 6-11, 231, appeared in 25 games (eight starts) for Mega Mozzart of the Adriatic Basketball Association during the 2021-22 season, in which the Croatian averaged 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds.