This quote is almost a week old, but I don’t think we ever mentioned it on here and I want to pass it along. While at the NBA Combine last week, Liggins spoke to reporters about his defensive prowess at Kentucky and how he believes he could’ve shown more of an offensive game. Liggins suggests that Calipari had a favoritism towards the younger guys and he might’ve been held back offensively for the freshmen. Interesting stuff:
“We had other guys who were more highly recruited and had more hype than me. Coach Cal would rather live with their mistakes than my mistakes. I am happy to have the opportunity to show people I can do more than what I showed at Kentucky.”
While I believe DeAndre has more offense than what we’ve seen, I doubt he wasn’t given the same opportunity to showcase those skills as Jones, Knight, and Lamb. You also can’t blame Calipari if he was more willing to live with freshmen mistakes over DeAndre’s.
I can’t wait to see Liggins in the NBA and I can’t think of any other UK player I’ve been pulling harder for to succeed. While Knight and Kanter are fighting for draft position, DeAndre will be fighting for a roster spot and a steady contract to support his family. Let’s hope there really is more to his offensive game and he gets that opportunity to show it in the NBA.