- Chris Livingston
- Hometown (Last School)
- Akron, OH (Oak Hill Academy)
- October 15, 2003
Christopher Livingston was born on October 15, 2003, in Akron, Ohio. His mother is Julia Livingston, a doctor of pharmacy in Akron. He has five siblings, Cordell, Cydnee, Corey, Courtney, and CJ. Cordell is his twin brother. Livingston started playing competitive basketball at age five.
As a freshman in high school, he played for Buchtel Community Learning Center in Akron and held multiple college scholarship offers before his first high school basketball game. National website and recruiting analysts tabbed Livingston as one of the top freshmen in the United States in 2019. At Buchtel, he scored over 600 points and averaged 24.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. Livingston led his team to its first state final-four appearance since 1997 and became the highest-scoring freshman in school history. He was named the City Series and the Northeast Ohio Inland District Division II Player of the Year in 2019; and also received All-Ohio honors. Livingston was selected to play for the USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team in the 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Belém, Brazil. He scored 23 points, grabbed six rebounds, and had two assists in USA’s 94-77 win over Canada in the gold medal game at the Guilherme Paraense Arena. Livingston made 10-0f-15 field goals, including 1-of-3 3-pointers, and both of his free-throw attempts in 25 minutes against Canada en route to being named MVP of the tournament.
Livingston transferred to Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio for his sophomore season. Livingston played in 25 games for WRA, which was not a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. He finished the season with 813 points (32.5 per game), 311 rebounds (12.4), 81 assists (3.2), 72 steals (2.9), and 34 blocks (1.4) for the Pioneers (13-16). In his season finale as a sophomore, Livingston recorded 50 points, 20 rebounds, eight steals, and five blocks in a 76–65 win over Bristol High School. As a sophomore, he averaged 32.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.9 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game, earning MaxPreps Sophomore All-American first-team honors. He returned to Buchtel for his junior season.
As a junior at Buchtel, Livingston averaged 31.1 points, 15.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 4.7 steals and 4.3 blocks per game. Buchtel compiled an 18-5 record during the 2020-21 season and made a Division II regional final appearance. Livingston was named the Gatorade Ohio boys basketball player of the year. He also finished as runner-up for Ohio’s Mr. Basketball Award in 2021 behind St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Malaki Branham. Livingston was also a Beacon Journal boys basketball all-star team selection, the Division II Co-Player of the Year for the Northeast Inland District, as well as a first-team All-Ohio and All-Northeast Inland District selection in Division II. On August 28, 2021, Livingston announced his top four college choices, narrowing down his list to Tennessee State, Kentucky, Memphis, and Georgetown. On March 6, 2021, Livingston notched yet another major milestone, surpassing 2,000 career points as the Griffins topped Norton 76-41 in their Division II Northeast 5 District title game. The 6-foot-7 Livingston ended the game with a triple-double of 27 points (10-of-14 shooting), 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He made two 3-pointers and threw down three dunks, including a stellar fast-break, between-the-legs slam. He scored his 2,000th career point with 3:20 left to go in the first quarter, nailing a deep 3-pointer on the right wing. He needed 11 points to reach the milestone coming into the game. “It means a lot,” Livingston said. “I feel like it’s rare, people don’t really do that. It really means a lot. There’s not much else to say. It’s a big accomplishment for me. I’m really appreciative that my teammates got me the ball in all the right places and allowed me to reach this accomplishment.”
On September 3, 2021, Livingston, rated as the top recruit in the state of Ohio in the class of 2022, announced on Twitter that he and his twin brother Cordell would transfer from Buchtel High School to play their final year of high school at Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA).
Playing for the same prep school that sent Keldon Johnson, Doron Lamb, Rajon Rondo, Ron Mercer and others to Kentucky, Livingston averaged 17.1 points, eight rebounds and two assists per game. He shot 33.3% from 3-point range (24 for 72). He was named MVP of the 2019 FIBA Americans U16 Championship after leading Team USA to a gold medal while averaging 14.8 points and 8.0 rebounds. Livingston scored 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the McDonald’s All-American game and then led the Jordan Brand Classic with 21 points (8-16 FG, 2-5 3PT, 3-7 FT), 8 rebounds and 3 steals.
At 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds, Livingston has been billed as the best player to come from Akron, Ohio since LeBron James.
On September 15, 2021, Livingston ended years of speculation about his future when he made his official college announcement via the ESPN SportsCenter Twitter account. He announced that he was committed to playing college basketball for Kentucky over Ohio State, Kansas, North Carolina, Memphis, LSU, Alabama, Florida, Georgetown, South Carolina, and Arizona.
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