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Chance at Redemption for Liggins

DeAndre Liggins was much maligned his freshman year at Kentucky.

A heralded recruit from Chicago, Liggins drew comparisons in high school to a young Magic Johnson. However, for one reason or another, Liggins got off to a bad start with his coach and it wasn’t far into the season before he was relegated to the end of the bench.

Liggins is 6’6 with uncanny floor vision and an ability to make the dazzling pass (see video clip). He’s like a gazelle in the open floor and displays great hands. Unfortunately, in his freshman season, he tried to make the spectacular happen on each and every play. And worse, as evidenced by his disagreements with the coaching staff, Liggins failed to recognize the intensity of playing at UK.

When he received significant minutes, he showed glimpses of his talent. But the opportunities were rare. Calipari has committed to giving Liggins a second chance this season. The question is will DeAndre give one to UK?

The BBL believes that UK’s season could hinge on the recovery of Liggins’ psyche and the belief in his skill-set by Coach Cal. His game is tailor-made for the dribble drive offense, and Liggins could start at the two or three position provided he works hard in the off-season and learns the intricacies of the system.

With outside shooting a potential weakness of this team, Liggins will command minutes as one of UK’s top 3-point shooters. Expect a bounce back in 2009-10 and a huge year in his junior season.

Strengths:
Passing, quickness, reach, shooting

Weaknesses:
Dribbles too high, plays out of control, shot selection

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