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ND vs. Wichita State: Maui Invitational Championship (USATSI)

Images of the Irish facing the Shockers in the title game of the Maui Invitational


“We added Liam to the roster as a walk-on because we needed more perimeter practice players for the blue team. In practice, Gibbs, Farrell and Pflueger are on the floor together a lot and I just didn’t like having three big guys together on the blue team. He gives us another perimeter guy who can help us flow offensively and more in tune with the way we play.”


  • Standout guard for Benet Academy during his freshman and senior high school years, helping them to a runner up finish in the Illinois Class 4A tournament in 2014.
  • Averaged 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists per game as a senior.
  • Earned three varsity letters in basketball along with one in baseball.
  • 2014 East Suburban Catholic All-Conference selection.
  • 2014 Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete.
  • Helped the 2014 Benet Academy baseball team win the 2014 East Suburban Catholic Conference championship.
  • Attended Singapore American School for his sophomore and junior high school seasons in Singapore, Singapore.
  • 2013 Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools all-conference selection.
  • 2013 Hong Kong International School Holiday all-tournament selection.
  • Played AAU basketball for the Mercury Elite out of Northlake, Illinois.
  • Was a member of the 2016 Notre Dame Bookstore Basketball championship as a teammate of 2016-17 Irish walk-on Pat Mazza.
  • Brother, Connor, played football at Columbia University (2011-15).


  • Full name is Liam Joseph Nelligan.
  • Son of Joe and Katie Nelligan.
  • Joe Nelligan (1986) was a two-time captain and four-year letterwinner for the Notre Dame tennis team.
  • Has three brothers and three sisters.
  • Family has deep ties to the University of Notre Dame, as grandfather John Keyes (1958), father Joe (1986), brother Andrew (2011), brother Matthew (2013), uncle Kevin Keyes (1990), uncle John Breen (1985) and uncle Johnathan Kronstein (1990) are all Notre Dame graduates.
  • Aunt Karen Robinson Keyes is a 1991 Notre Dame graduate and two-time Midwestern Conference Player of the Year for the Irish women’s basketball team.
  • Sister, Tess, is a junior at Notre Dame.
  • Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in finance.

Liam Nelligan
Liam  Nelligan


La Grange Park, IL

High School:
Benet Academy

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 195


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