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DeAndre Liggins has a mentor

As soon as DeAndre Liggins entered his name in the NBA Draft, he was drawing comparisons to the Grizzlies’ Tony Allen from every scout, analyst, and NBA GM. Even Coach Cal called DeAndre Liggins a “Tony Allen clone.” Now it’s time for DeAndre to prove he can play that Tony Allen-like role for the Orlando Magic and he’s getting help from none other than Tony Allen himself.

Tony Allen is mentoring DeAndre as he prepares for his NBA journey. The two have been text messaging for a while now and they hung out in Chicago before DeAndre flew south to Orlando. “We’re very close,” DeAndre told an Orlando Magic fan blog.

Allen is a guy who had some trouble off the court early in his career, and aside from punching OJ Mayo in the face on the team plane last season (Mayo deserved it), AllenĀ has matured into a solid NBA role player with the Memphis Grizzlies. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive second team last year and his relationship with DeAndre could really help our man make it in the NBA.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

17 Comments for DeAndre Liggins has a mentor

  1. hmmm
    12:21 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    first..damn everyone partying already or hungover? lol

  2. hmmm
    12:23 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    ? my comment pulled a miller and disappeared!

  3. tdogg4033011
    12:29 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    2) your comment was SEC tourney MVP??? well damn

  4. Blue Gray
    12:50 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sick of people dissing Miller. The guy is a four year representative of UK. He has played on an Elite 8 team as well as a Final Four team. He will probably join the 1000 point club this year and has a good chance to make it back to the Final Four. Oh yeah, he also has a Gold Medal from the USA U-19 team. You want more? He has performed in the classroom and has not been in any trouble on or off the court. He is what is right with UK basketball, get with it people. Knocking guys who give their all for the Blue and for you, the fans, is ridiculous. Go Darius, Go Big Blue!

  5. duhville cat
    12:53 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    4) well said. GBB!

  6. hmmm
    12:53 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    3 oh right no one has ever brought up his inconsistency before. You got me there.
    But what is it with this site and the disappearing comments lol?

  7. Fresh Prince of Adair
    12:56 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    wonderful news…thats who he needs to be emulating. to actually have TA’s support and guidance icing on the cake….invaluable. i hope DL can be his clone cause he’ll keep a job in the nba for a while if thats the case

  8. manu1433
    1:30 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    7) tony allen is a nut and a headcase..he is only a decent basketball player who shoots way to many threes for what he makes…he is a good defender though…i don’t understand why any one would want tony allen to be their mentor…emulating his style of play is a different story, but mentor?…i don’t think so

  9. seriously?
    1:37 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    when you refer to yourself as tdogg your opinion automatically loses all credibility

  10. seriously?
    1:40 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    when you refer to yourself as tdogg your opinion automatically loses all credibility…smh @tdogg

  11. Secretariat
    1:50 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    Apparently Fenerbahce is in trouble…wonder if it could have helped Enes’s eligibility case? (click my name for the BBC link)

  12. duhville cat
    2:09 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    9/10) when u double post…. u automatically lose all credibility. smh @ u. (Ha)

  13. cattttttttttttttttt
    2:13 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    whered the kyle wiltjer post gooo…..and did yall really just find out about his nickname?

  14. TT
    2:18 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    11) it says football which I assume is soccer. is this the same people involved with the basketball team? I do not know how they run things over there

  15. GOCATS
    3:10 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    3 hahahaahahahah. Dmillier gonna ball dis year.

  16. fresh prince of adair
    4:02 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    8) you used the word mentor 2 times…i used it 0. if the person that liggins is aiming to play like is reaching out and supporting him in that process then how can that be a bad thing? the words emulate, support and guidance were all in reference to basketball…if he needs a life coach, he’s got a big family fully capable of providing help with that in the form of cal, and his fellow wildcats…………

  17. fresh prince of adair
    4:03 pm July 3, 2011 Permalink

    7) was who that was for