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An interesting quote from DeAndre Liggins


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.

Go Liggins.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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48 Comments for An interesting quote from DeAndre Liggins

  1. shadowboxer
    11:21 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    He is selling himself and I can’t blame him. Moving on……

  2. Major
    11:21 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    This is a little out of context because in the article, Liggins follows that up by saying that without Coach Cal, he wouldn’t have this opportunity at all. So this is not a “sour grapes’ statement by Liggins, just a recognition that talented freshmen get a longer leash (which they do, most of the time).

  3. Poor Deandre
    11:21 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Those players are better than you. You had your chance to hit a big shot against UConn and we see what happened..

    Be thankful after your Vegas BS you pulled with Gillispie that you was still on the team.. or what about the tons of tutoring you needed.

  4. Gaddis Bomb
    11:23 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Poor Deandre:

    Your writing needs some tutoring my friend.

  5. tc11
    11:26 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    very old

  6. AKA cold buckets
    11:26 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    3…remember the shot against UNC? Remember him dominating the game offensively against OSU b/c Diebler couldn’t guard him?

  7. Joe
    11:31 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    2: Thank you for that helpful clarification.

    I’m not sure I agree that they were more hyped though. Wasn’t Liggins a HIGHLY-HYPED 5 star player????

    I thought he was awesome in HS. The video I saw of him was terrific. He just needed time to develop, and by the time you’re a junior, well yes, if you haven’t shown you CAN score at will, then you SHOULD give way to the star freshman.

    To this day, I don’t think Liggins can score slashing to the basket, UNLESS it’s a wide open layup. He has no teardrop shot like Lamb, and doesn’t really have a mid range shooting strength.

    I unfortunately believe that Liggins will be able to make an NBA club in the next couple of years. He’ll play in Europe.

    I mean, if Azubuike couldn’t get drafted, who WAS a big time scorer, couldn’t get drafted as a junior, and if Bogans, the 4th-time leading scorer in UK history barely got drafted, AND if Joe Crawford STILL can’t make it, then I just think that Liggins will have a very tough time.

    Bogans WAS a great defensive player, AND a great offensive player. And he surprisingly didn’t get drafted in the first round. And Liggins is no Keith Bogans.

    But I’ll root for him!

    I do wish he had returned though. I think he could have helped us win #8 and developed offensively in college, even if he averaged only 10 ppg.

  8. uksbiggestfan
    11:33 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    I believe we saw Deandre’s offense a little in his freshmen season…although he was out of control and that cost him a lot, he had 17 against, was it wvu? Also he has an underrated first step and wide open shot. #2 let’s not forget the shot against unc and the fact that nobody was hitting anything in the uconn game

  9. thatsashame
    11:33 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    I got no problem with Liggin’s confidence. He is going to need it going to the league. This quote sounds like he is trying to convince himself and others.

  10. uksbiggestfan
    11:34 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    meant #3

  11. bluesince66
    11:43 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    #7 All your points are correct except for the fact of this draft being so weak. The main reason he and Knight left.

  12. Oscar Meyer Weiner
    11:43 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    What Deandre does have going for him is that this years draft is pretty weak. He may have an easier road then Auzibukie. But I agree, he could have definitely used another year at UK.

  13. Pokey Chapman
    11:43 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t think he was a big scorer in HS but known more for passing and defense. This is probably for the benefit of NBA scouts. If this motivates him then its great but I really believe that in the big picture his college bball career at UK was probably the best thing that has happened to him so far. He may even feel that way now and if not I bet he will some day.

  14. Jjones3
    11:45 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Love liggins and if it was out of context I have no problem with him selling himself but it seems all year cal talked about liggins neededing to shoot more around 8-10 a game when he listened to cal and shot more the numbers came for him

  15. TSlone08
    11:46 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    A lot of you guys really have no clue what you’re talking about… Liggins is right. Had he not been surrounded by phenom freshman, he would have played a much bigger role in the offense. I believe I remember Cal saying once that Liggins was the best three point shooter on the team. I can honestly see that, because when he gets in a rhythm he’s cash. He’s an excellent slasher who just needs to work on finishing. And I’m not sure if you all noticed, but he should probably be called DeAndre “Dimes” Liggins. He’s got some skills with the ball. I think he could play point in the league, if not a hybrid 1/2 guard. He’s got the speed and athleticism, mixed with great height for those positions. He’s an AMAZING defender. This kid’s got what it takes to make it in the league. They say teams draft off potential, and I see a ton in Liggins. As do a lot of scouts if you’ve read any on the workouts. He’ll be just fine.

  16. IMO
    11:52 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins was one of my favorite UK players in a long time. He brought a grit to the game that I seriously think we will miss next season. I just hope by the end of next season we are not saying “well if liggins had came back we would have won it”. I think people undervalue how important a player like liggins is to a team. His defense and swag can change the whole demeanor of a team on the court. Liggins good luck, and you will be missed.

  17. Rockfield, KY
    11:55 am May 25, 2011 Permalink

    I hope Gilchrist can take over for Liggins in a lot of areas, like our defensive stopper and as our agitator of the other team. I think he really plays like Liggins with a little more offense. They both have motors that won’t stop.

  18. You Can Call Me Cal
    12:01 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    I kinda had that inkling sometimes when I watched games, that Cal has his favorites, especially BK and JW. Certain guys just seemed to be on a shorter leash and didn’t get yelled at as much. Not sure if it is that they are highly recruited and he wants to make them happy or what, but this doesn’t surprise me.

  19. PillowTalk
    12:02 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    By it’s self, the quote is out of context…

    But it’s true, Deandre was not on the court for his offense. He was probably no higher than the third scoring option at any point on the floor. Coaches obviously put up with more mistakes than from their PGs and scoring options than mistakes from their defensive stopper small forwards.

    He was a 5-star recruit too but just barely a top 25 player. Cal was bringing in multiple top 5 players every year.

  20. yesterdays
    12:04 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Jesus, leave this kid alone. He struggled at times, but really, he got mind f*$ked by clyde and he is still around. We would have been in real trouble this year without this kid. Anyone who cheers against this kid for some sort of comment he made after praising Cal is a complete moron.

  21. true statement
    12:05 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    This is definitely an accurate statement. Calipari plays through his recruits and that is all. They could have isolated Miller, Liggins, or Harrellson in plenty of games where they were hot or had mismatches but we continued to play through Jones or Knight even when they were struggling.

  22. bluesince66
    12:06 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    I think Cal as all good coaches understands his players. There are kids that can take and are actually motivated by being yelled at and some it just turns them off. Same as going to the bench some it motivates, some say if this the way it’s going to be screw it.

  23. bluesince66
    12:08 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Did you not watch the Florida game where Miller had the mismatches and Cal put the ball in his hands most of the time?

  24. Al's IndiCats
    12:10 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sure DeAndre will be fine. Whether in or out of context, he was a vital part of the team this year and I truely believe we couldn’t gotten as far as we did without him. Good Luck!

  25. Jorts the BWK
    12:11 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Do the John Wall now.

  26. blw
    12:14 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    19. exactly. amazing so many fools here are running with it and using it as an excuse to bash Liggins


  27. Nolecat21
    12:27 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    He’s also probably referring more to two seasons ago than to this past year. There may also be some truth to it. Had Liggins began under Cal, things may have played out differently. Wall was incredible, but he definitely made some bone head plays and turned the ball over a ton. He rarely found himself on the bench for those mishaps. Same could be said for Bledsoe and Knight. They all had a longer leash than Liggins/Miller or anyone else you want to name.
    I personally am thankful for Liggins’ contributions the last two years. His tenacity was fun to watch. I think he has a great shot at finding a spot in the NBA. There are a ton of players in the NBA now who weren’t nearly the players in college that they are now. Rondo ring a bell? Liggins could easily fill the Bruce Bowen role for a team.

  28. schwing
    12:29 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    i hope he hires a financial planner.

  29. Don
    12:34 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    What #2 said. Taken in context and in totality, his comments are mature and not meant to be taken poorly.

  30. William Braskey
    12:36 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins was unfortunately in a situation where the most competition existed. Knight could make more mistakes, beacuse we didn’t have a real backup plan. Same with Jones. Liggins had Lamb and Miller to compete for mins, and those three all got yanked at points during the season and switched starting/sitting. It’s just the way the roster shaped up. Two years ago, he didn’t have a legit shot. But those were his issues based on why he sat for the first semester. He never really was in the rotation due to his late arrival to the roster.

  31. Marcus L. Owens
    12:44 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    7. I like the comparison of Bogans, Azubuike, and Crawford to Liggins. Dont forget about Jodie Meeks as well but of those 4 Liggins is taller and played with better players and in my opinion a better coach, Liggins was never the first option like these guys so I get his beef. He should get drafted in the same area (2nd round) but I’m sure with his family situation he just wants to get paid (even in Europe). Good Luck, Liggy.

  32. Juan4UK
    12:44 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    All my best to DeAndre, but there are roles on the team. During his freshman and soph yrs. his offensive game consisted mainly of out of control craziness and turnovers. Cal got him to slow down, be patient and concentrate on defense. Only then was he able to develop his offensive game. Love you DeAndre and I think he just may be having to talk up his case for a draft position, but he needs to tread a little softer on his wording. Lest someone show him some game film from his first two years.

  33. Dandy Don
    12:44 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Cal probably told DeAndre to say that. Liggins needs some hype right now.

    Oh, I haven’t seen the Hangover 2 yet, but from the preview, the scene when they are all in the car and they hit the giant pig and the asian guy goes “hang on gay boys” is reason enough for me to go see this movie.

  34. Juan4UK
    12:47 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    I agree Dan, I wouldn’t put it past Cal to tell DeAndre “put it all on me, I can take it.” In order to help him out in creating a little explanation. One thing I have come to truly believe is that Cal would do that for his kids.

  35. beenthere...
    12:52 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    @1 had it spot on! I doubt anyone will be crying foul if Cal says next year at this time that Gilchrist was just as good a defender as Liggins in order to help his draft stock.. its all just marketing.

  36. Chris
    12:57 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Why are some of our ex-players and their families not smart enough to stay away from Jerry Tipton?

  37. dubs
    1:08 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    real talk Dre

  38. bbuss_22
    1:28 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Deandre…..if it werent for coach cal you wouldnt even be in the NBA. get real. Remember how completely out of control he was until Cal got ahold of him? hah this quote is a joke

  39. Cristoforouk
    1:30 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins was not a big offensive threat because there were way better offensive players than him on the team. Not because of Cal’s preference to his recruits. This year alone we had Lamb, Knight, Miller, and Jones who are all better offensive players than Liggins. And last year we were just loaded with offensive talent (except a pure shooter which Liggins is not). I don’t really get his comment other than trying to convince NBA people that he has more of an offensive game. But his role in the NBA, if he makes it, will never be as an offensive player so that shouldn’t be his concern. There are just too many other guys that are way better than he is at putting the ball in the basket. Whether he wants to admit it or not his offensive game is limited.

  40. Sheeeeiiit
    2:00 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Come on. Liggins is just getting some chatter going. I believe what others have said…Cal told him to say that. If you look at what he said it makes sense. If the hyped freshmen were not the first options Liggins would have been. I agree with that. I’m sure Cal agrees with that. Liggins is not putting Cal down he is trying to get people talking about how good he could be. The NBA draft is about potential so he is selling his potential. Anyone who is mad at Liggins for this is not using the little brain in their head.

  41. DustinUK
    2:09 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    21.) Are you an idiot? We iso’ed Miller all the time and when we didn’t Cal was usually yelling at him to be more aggressive.

    Liggins is nice offensively but the players Cal “favored” were better offensively than him and there’s no intelligent argument otherwise.

  42. Blueneck
    3:16 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    I would say in no way did Cal hold him back and that Cal would have loved to use him as the backup PG but he simply couldn’t do it. He was a decent offensive player EXCEPT WHEN HE DRIBBLED – then bad things happened because he couldn’t slash to the basket or make decisions. Do people not remember the times he penetrated and missed or got his shot blocked (minus the OSU game where he had a slower, smaller guard on him that usually got him to the line)? How can he be that quick on defense but so unsuccessful going to the basket? He was good at shooting and rotating the ball to find the open man.

    His only hope is to mold himself after Bogans (get stronger) or a Bruce Bowen. That means stand in the corner and shoot the open three while staying out of the way of your teams good players going to the rim, play lockdown defense on the other teams best wing, and don’t have any obvious weaknesses (foul shooting, ball handling)to exploit.

  43. Yessir
    4:24 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    #38, reference comment #2

  44. Yessir
    4:26 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    I get not reading everything but,you couldn’t even make it that far

  45. KD
    6:22 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    mark it down TJ will be a cancer cal has to promise these players families there kid will be showcased so who suffers the upper classmen watch this season will be a bad chemistry year!!!

  46. CincInnati Cat
    8:27 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    I believe him. cal didn’t want him shooting any more than necessary. He has more offense than UK ever allowed him to show.

  47. GMoney46
    11:55 pm May 25, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins was one of my least favorite UK players. Great defender, terrible shooter, and a little thuggish. Wish he was coming back for depth but not sure he would have started.

  48. Viren
    11:25 am May 26, 2011 Permalink

    OH MY GOD!! Seriously some you have fans absolutely do not appreciate player’s contribution to our basketball program. Games are won and lost as a team and to nit pick a player for missing a basket or two shows your incompetent towards the game of basketball. I do not remember very many big shots Liggins made to win the game but I do remember several defensive stops he made that would have meant losing or winning a game i.e. North Carolina game for those with short memory. We all have immature moments when we were growing up but he learned his lesson and flourished in Coach Cal’s dribble drive offense. I really do not think we make it to the final four without his toughness, I really hope Gilchrist can take on void left by Liggins defensively. I really enjoyed watching you DeAndre wish you nothing but the best.