Clark standout guard Max Livingston inks with University of Portland
Coach Reveno on Max Livingston
PORTLAND, Ore. --- Former Lake Oswego High School and Clark College standout guard Max Livingston has joined the University of Portland men's basketball team, head coach Eric Reveno announced on Monday. Livingston is enrolled in summer school and will have two years of immediate eligibility for the Pilots. The Lake Oswego, Ore. native led the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) in three-point shooting last season.
Livingston (6-5, 200) was a sharpshooter last season at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash., leading NWAACC by shooting 48 percent from beyond the arc. Livingston made 89 three-pointers, averaged 12.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, and dished out 62 assists with only 28 turnovers. He earned all-region second team honors.
"We are excited to have a veteran player of Max's ability to be joining the program, Reveno said. "He is a proven shooter and tough competitor who should be able to provide us perimeter depth and three-point shooting immediately. Equally important was that he demonstrated a commitment to our core values of being selfless, tough, and passionate."
Clark College head coach Alex Kirk, the NWAACC West Coach of the Year and a former Portland manager, led the Penguins to a 27-2 overall record and fifth-place finish at the 2014 NWAACC Tournament. The team's two losses were by a combined three points and Kirk credited Livingston with a major impact in his lone season with the program.
"Max distinguished himself both as a student and an athlete here at Clark," Kirk said. "To send him to UP as a high-level student-athlete is a special thing. He is a perfect fit with his ability to shoot the ball and guard multiple positions, which will give Coach Reveno and his staff a lot of different options. I have compared him to a player like Bruce Bowen in that besides being an elite shooter nothing he does really jumps out, but the type of numbers he put up for us he can do at a lot of different levels. Max stays within himself and has a high basketball IQ. He led our team in minutes played – nearly a thousand total – and committed only 28 turnovers. Max does everything you want a player to do and doesn't hurt you. Having that stability and skill set will make it hard not to put him on the court."
Livingston was a three-year starter and an all-league performer as a senior at Lake Oswego High School before enrolling at NCAA Division II Hawaii-Pacific University. He redshirted the 2011-12 season and then started 14 games as a freshman during the 2012-13 season. Livingston shot 46 percent from three-point range that season and averaged 5.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
The Pilots have announced five other commitments during this recruiting cycle. Early signees Jason Todd and Gabe Taylor will be joined by spring signees D'Marques Tyson and Philipp Hartwich as members of the 2014-15 freshman class. Alec Monson also signed a national letter of intent and will serve a two-year mission before joining the Pilots for the 2016-17 season.
The Pilots are graduating four seniors from a 2013-14 team that finished 15-16 overall and tied for sixth in the West Coast Conference standings. The team loses leading rebounder and third leading scorer Ryan Nicholas, but returns four starters and seven of eight leading scorers.