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Confirmed: Twany is a Cat

I just talked to Matt, who confirmed through a source that Twany Beckham is joining UK as a walk-on this week , though the role could eventually earn him a scholarship down the road.  He will be eligible to play next December.  Beckham is a former Ballard High School star and averaged 2.9 points per game for Mississippi State this year as a sophomore before deciding to transfer.  He sat out all of last season after surgery on both hips.

Twany had this to say to Evan Daniels this morning:  “I’m a Wildcat.  This is the happiest day of my life.”

Article written by Thomas Beisner

48 Comments for Confirmed: Twany is a Cat



  1. Jonah Hex
    9:44 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    So, how he will have 3.5 years left once he sits out a year?



  2. JBird
    9:46 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    He will have 1.5 years to play at UK,Jonah.



  3. Roggensak
    9:46 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Go Cats!



  4. tdogg4033011
    9:47 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) according to this, he’ll have 2.5 years



  5. tdogg4033011
    9:48 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) ooops, I meant 1.5



  6. Beatle Bum
    9:48 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Did he take his redshirt year at Miss St? If not, why would he not have the second half of his soph season plus two more after he sits one (2.5 years to play)?



  7. douggercats
    9:49 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    I’m coming after your minutes, Jon Hood.



  8. Twany
    9:50 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Did you see me in “Witchboard”? I was HOT.



  9. :(
    9:52 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    What number will he wear



  10. Emmert still sucks
    9:53 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome home Twany!



  11. tdogg4033011
    9:54 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    6) yeah you’re right …. next year he’ll be able to finish his sophmore season after Christmas



  12. blah blah blah
    9:57 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    why does he have to sit until december? why can’t he start the beginning of next season



  13. Beatle Bum
    9:57 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    I see that he redshirted for his hip surgeries. He will have 1.5 years, but may be able to petition for a sixth year, depending on what happens.



  14. Beatle Bum
    9:58 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    11 – actually, he will finish his junior year, unless he can get his medical redshirt year back.



  15. Beatle Bum
    9:59 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    12 – he has to sit a full year, December to December. He played the first part of this season for the Dogs.



  16. tdogg4033011
    10:01 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    14) oooh, ok ….. anyhow WELCOME TO BBN !!!!



  17. bung
    10:10 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Has Drew freed ENES yet?



  18. emmertsucks
    10:13 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Twany’s living Matt Jones’ dream



  19. catfan79
    10:15 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    welcome to bbn! hope your ready to win and hang banner # 8 or 9! also interested in what # he will wear and when can he start practicing?



  20. BigCatDaddy4263
    10:22 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA will deny his 6th year of eligibility in 3 years, that’s how long it will take them…



  21. NBA league pass
    10:22 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Hopefully this guy can contribute. I would LOVE to have an Anthony Epps type coming in off the bench for some stability.



  22. Rick's Boyz
    10:28 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    I though Cal didn’t like WOs? What were his HS stats?



  23. UK Fan
    10:29 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    #20, they will only reject it if he isn’t in graduate school at the time.



  24. SeoulCat
    10:38 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome back to the Bluegrass Twany.



  25. Jatt Mones
    10:43 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Did I miss something about this guy? Does he have talent, or is he just a practice body?



  26. rc
    10:44 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    22. 16.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.6 spg for the State Runner-Up. (I think those were pre state tournament stats).



  27. JackBluto
    10:45 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    #21 – I’m sure you meant no disrespect, but Epps never came off the bench for long. As a freshman, he was victory cigar, but after that, he always ended up running the show. As much as Pitino wanted fancy new recruit Wayne Turner to be the guy, Epps kept Turner coming off the bench until Epps left b/c all Epps ever did was win, lead, win and win some more. He lead UK in assists for 3 of his 4 seasons, scored only when necessary by hitting open threes and making 80+% of his FTs, and started on 1 NC and 1 runner-up team. Sorry for the “rant.” I was a huge Epps fan – I think he is among the most underrated UK players evah.



  28. TheMicrowave
    10:46 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Beckham put up good numbers in high school. He was the star on Ballard’s state runner-up team his senior season. I don’t remember his exact stats but I think it was something in the neighborhood of 16 ppg, 8rpg, 6 apg. After his sophomore season he was in contact with schools like UK, UL, IU, and Illinois but some scouts felt his game didn’t continue to develop enough (especially his outside game). He was originally going to go to IUPUI, but elected to go to prep school instead where he developed more of an outside game. At Mississippi state the things holding him back were playing behind upperclassmen and injuries. I think this is a great get for Calipari as he will provide a solid backup point guard next year with SEC experience (not sure how much that counts for these days), but he also may compete for a starting job his senior year with Knight, Teague, Lamb, Miller, and Liggins all likely gone.



  29. Classsof89
    10:47 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    At one time you lost a year if you transfered inside your own conference. Not sure if that’s still out there or not.
    In fact, I’m not sure ANY NCAA RULE is actually in writing anywhere or if they just make them up as they go!



  30. WestWorld
    10:49 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Can he practice NOW?



  31. 2011Baby
    10:53 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    I’m with 25 – Maybe I’m missing something too. He had good numbers in high school, but it sounds like the scouts were right about his game not developing. I understand he’s been hampered by injuries and playing behind others, but it seems like the same thing would happen at UK so why do we want a guy who averages 2.9 points per game?



  32. YearyCat
    10:53 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    I was looking at his stats for this year. Not bad, he started a lot of games for MSU and rebounded the ball pretty well, also a nice assist-turnover ratio. Can really come in next year and provide depth for our PG spot. Still want Lacey, But welcome to BBN Twany



  33. bigcat
    10:56 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    can’t see him getting much pt, playing behind jarrod polson



  34. Steady
    11:04 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Any relation to Tawny Kitaen?



  35. Jerry Tipton's pituitary gland
    11:14 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome to the BBN Twany.



  36. Adam
    11:16 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Is he related to Jaylen Beckham



  37. Adam
    11:17 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Beckham is the kid for 2013 I believe that was supose to be one of the top kids in the state



  38. bigcat
    11:31 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    why don’t comments after mine come up?



  39. Bruce Pearl/Jesus
    11:55 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Any relation to David Beckham?



  40. JEREMY
    11:58 am January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome to Big Blue Nation Twany!!! Glad to have ya my man!! GO CATS!!!!



  41. Rex
    12:50 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Any relation to Victoria Beckham?



  42. truBLU
    1:20 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Is his dad named Twan? So they called him Twany?



  43. Deacon
    2:27 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    It is my understanding he left Mississippi State because a JC transfer took his playing minutes.



  44. billy
    2:48 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Hey 34 I’m still laughing. Polson must know someone really up the chart at Kentucky.



  45. billy
    2:49 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    MSS coach has a hard time keeping guards from transferring. Remember Ben Hansbrough?



  46. tb4uk
    4:34 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    if he can’t play for msu what makes you think he can play for UK- waste of time, imo



  47. LSwho ?
    5:50 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    Tall guard, the type Cal likes. I figure since Cal (and not many here) has coached more than a few college games, he may see something in this kid. Tawny WANTS to be a Cat, nice to pick up a player who wants to wear “The Jersey”. Best of luck to you Tawny.



  48. oldawgblue
    6:58 pm January 18, 2011 Permalink

    What he really said was “I’m out of Mississippi. This is the happiest day of my life!”