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It’s Twany Time

Twany Beckham

This week is finals week at UK and that means once Friday rolls around, the fall semester will be over and Twany Beckham will be eligible to play for the Cats. Beckham is something of an enigma to UK fans because no one knows exactly what kind of impact (if any) he’ll have on the team. Twany started five out of the 14 games he played for Mississippi State during his sophomore season before transferring to UK, so you have to assume that he’s at least a slight step up from the guys who get the end of the game mop up duty now.

The most intriguing thing about Twany is his length. He’s a guard listed at 6’5 and 205 lbs and from what I saw of him in the Blue – White game, he can move pretty well at that size. A lineup of Beckham, Miller, Gilchrist, Jones and Davis would be far and away the longest five in the country. If he had been eligible in games past, I’m sure he would have got a lot of clock based solely on how often Calipari pulled Teague.

I can’t see Twany playing in the big games, but he could come in and surprise. We should get a chance to see him some against Chattanooga considering the beat down that the Cats surely have planned for Rupp’s unfortunate Saturday visitors. What do you think? What do you expect to see from Twany in the second semester?

Article written by Matthew Hays

77 Comments for It’s Twany Time



  1. GoCats2
    1:02 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Can he hit free throws?



  2. Coach Durbin
    1:02 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    If he could shoot he would play 10 minutes/game



  3. WeddingPlanner
    1:03 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    1-2 minutes/game



  4. RidgeRunner
    1:03 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Really don’t know what to expect to be totally honest. Umm, Lamb not moving to PG as much? We will see.



  5. GoCats2
    1:04 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    More time for Polson to work on his trick shots on YouTube.



  6. dpvatty
    1:06 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I think 10 min a game regardless of shooting. Teague needs rest or removal periodically allows lam to play more natural 2 spot



  7. scotty
    1:07 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    i expect absolutely nothing…therefore, there is no way I will be disappointed! GO TWANNY!



  8. Walter Sobchak
    1:10 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    6) I HIGHLY doubt he would get 10 minutes a game even if he could shoot



  9. kbrenn
    1:12 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    i’m excited to see what he can contribue! too bad Harrow won’t be eligible this season!



  10. Ballard22
    1:14 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve actually been on the same team with Twany at Ballard and I know how he plays (when I say same team, I really mean, I was on the freshmen team and got to watch him kill us in practice) . He’s a great ball handler, knows how to find the open man, and someone I would trust to take clutch free throws to finish off a game… unlike the fresh. Not saying this would happen but if Twany played as much as Teague, he would end up with double digit assist every night with the talent on the floor. The pick & roll with Davis would be even better because of his size and speed. I know many UK fans don’t know much about it but I will guarantee you that he will be a solid addition to our team. One bad thing about his game is that he can’t shoot. He can create his own shot easily but struggles with shooting the ball. Then again he might have been working on his shot so only time will tell. Have faith in Twany UK fans. He’s a Kentucky boy and someone to cheer for throughout the season.



  11. buckets2378
    1:15 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    He’ll play because he can defend and we all know guarding the three at the 1 and 2 spots has been sorely lacking.



  12. rekojerif
    1:15 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    he is taking all of Stacy Poole’s minutes I hear…….



  13. RidgeRunner
    1:16 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    10…thx man, good insight you shared there. But yeah, he shouldn’t be needed for shooting, LOL



  14. Joe
    1:16 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Low expectations are in order.

    I haven’t heard practice reports that he’s a beast or anything, so I’ve really got low expectations!

    Anybody have feedback on his play from practices??



  15. Viren
    1:17 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I think Twany will be a fan favorite. He is a Kentucky kid and if he can dribble and drive he should have plenty of guys to dump the ball off to. He will be fine. Looking forward to him joining the team. It will add depth to our point and maybe that will allow Lamb to move to SG. Go Cats



  16. DirtyD
    1:19 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    #10 you say he can”t shoot but you trust him to take clutch free throws?



  17. TSlone08
    1:21 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve seen him play some, and the kid is definitely good enough to get some PT in any and all games. He’s VERY athletic, has a nice handle, and can find the open man. Expect some good things from him. He can easily give us 10 min. a game.



  18. UkBlueThickNthru
    1:24 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Really solid player. Hes not the John Wall or Brandon Knight but think about Kevin Galloway a few years ago. I played against him in highschool and he is a really smart player and is long for a PG. He gets in your face on D and like 10 said he can distibute the ball well. Him and Johann Hamilton who plays for Georgetown I believe was really was a good combo in highschool for Ballard.



  19. bung
    1:24 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    good luck tb…



  20. Reba
    1:24 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Tournament MOP.



  21. enes
    1:27 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    If he can show a strong effort he should start ahead of TJ. Sorry, but I still can’t get over Jones’s total lack of effort.



  22. TD00
    1:28 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I like this guy. He showed real athleticism and talent in the blue/white game. I think he makes quite an impact.



  23. DirtyD
    1:28 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    the kid looks like he is very athletic if i was playing a pick-up game and he was standing around i would take him first pick!!lol



  24. bleedblue
    1:28 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Twany will suprise a lot of people. I really hope Cal gives him some clock and rotates for Teague and Lamb. This kid can play!!



  25. UKblue
    1:28 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    16) how do you not understand free throws are way different than a jump shot?



  26. Jaws2
    1:33 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    He can defend and if he stays in the offense, he’ll play 6-8 min a game. I’ll go with what Cal thinks he’ll give us. He looked good in the Blue/White but so did Poole. Against real competition; we’ll see. If he gives 100% effort all the time, he’ll be ahead of Jones.



  27. BUCats
    1:33 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I expect more Fake David Beckham calls



  28. bung
    1:36 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    davis wiltjer kidd miller lamb….



  29. CadizCat
    1:37 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Practice player. That is all.



  30. Doug
    1:37 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Most of you all have not played college basketball or even high school. That is nto to say that you dont understand the game, because I am sure you do.(But) To play at the level that UK is playing at is enormous, but we saw Indiana bring some guys off the bench that looked like water boys and they got the job done. in UK`S System tha ttakes full advantage of matchup issues and beign to take your man off the dribble, I think Twany will play some. He is big strong and athletic. He contributed at Miss. St and that is a pretty good program. I dont know if he will break the rotation but it wouldnt surprise me either. I wish he could shoot. Our lack of threee point shooting could be an issue down the road as well as free throw shotting..



  31. DirtyD
    1:39 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    #26 they r a lil different but shooting is about touch and rythm if u dont have it u just dont have it dont matter where u r standing!!!



  32. DirtyD
    1:41 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    sorry meant #25



  33. _Blackhawk_
    1:44 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    #16 – #10 you say he can”t shoot but you trust him to take clutch free throws?
    ———

    Big difference in being able to stand and shoot foul shots than to shoot on the move. There have been good shooters from the line that were not so good when others are on them. Look at Lamb on Saturday….in reverse.



  34. RP
    1:44 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Twany is going to stunt! Don’t sleep on him.



  35. KSRBluesman
    1:45 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Less trash talking from everyone and more playing



  36. bleedblue
    1:47 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    isn’t Twany good friends with Rondo?



  37. Kwildcat
    1:48 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    good size and moved well in the exhibition game i saw……can he shoot??? we’ll see. At least he has some experience outside of high school and AAU games. Had a good coach in Stansbury. Why did he leave again????????



  38. josh
    1:52 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    “I’ve been doing games for 33 years. I can’t ever remember a great player in a game where I ever had to talk about (not) playing hard. I’ve had guys have bad games. Obviously, that happens to everybody. I was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he’s sick. It was really embarrassing, to be honest with you.

    Dick Vitale : He has his nerve calling BBN out



  39. Caliparifan
    1:52 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    He can hold his own. I mean he did start for a D1 school. He won’t be Gilchrist but will contribute more than Wiltjer.



  40. RidgeRunner
    1:53 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    With our team, I don’t see a real need for him to “shoot” overall.



  41. Justin G.
    1:56 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    This will only help the team! He can backup Teague, and allow Lamb to play his natural 2! The good thing, is that Lamb has played quite a bit at PG, and this will be valuable, as UK will not struggle when Teague is, or when he gets in foul trouble.



  42. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:57 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Does anyone know Twany’s stats for the 5 games he started at MSU? Might give us a better idea of what we should expect since MSU generally plays similar competition.



  43. BROW-JONES
    1:57 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Im just glad we’ll have another option to bring off the bench for Teague, when Teague gets crazy.



  44. bung
    1:58 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    i think wiltjer would have had a lot more than 411 with tj’s minutes…lets not do the hood crap to him where he gets 2 min a half to “explode” with numbers…



  45. RidgeRunner
    1:59 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Funny, we started the season with only 1 PG.

    Now, Lamb can haldle his own there and we get Beckham eligible.

    Feast or Famine.



  46. cracka
    2:00 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    twany’s career numbers: 37-104 fg, 1-13 3p and 19-38 ft … that’s pretty bad … but he had a lot of time playing as a young guy and had some injury issues

    he hasn’t played since 12/29/10 … he’s been practicing with us almost an entire year … you have to think he’s stronger and brings maturity and experience to the table … the guy turned 23 last month



  47. JoeJoe
    2:02 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    With a name like Tawny should buy you some minutes. Good Luck son!!! You’re here, you’ve watched and waited, now take advantage of your opportunities and show the world.



  48. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    2:04 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I just hope he plays good defense and can hit free throws.



  49. Michael Kidd-Langford
    2:07 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I expect more basketball related tweets out of @TwanyB10_FOF for sure.



  50. You cant handle the Truth
    2:11 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    It is an NCAA Rule that every team have a #10 jersey reprsented some time during the season. Twany will wear this jersey ,and wear it well.



  51. PutThatOnDeAndreLiggins
    2:13 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I would start him over Teague if I was Cal. Just sayin’.



  52. Blue haze
    2:14 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    hope he hits free throws too.

    49) you posting as someone else cracks the rest of us up.



  53. bluristhurr
    2:20 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Who cares if he can score we don’t need alot of that what we need is people who can DEFEND. 51 comments and not one(i just skimmed them)asking/wondering about D LOL



  54. Mack
    2:21 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    If he can now hit FTs I don’t think we can count on him being able to hit them once he enters a real game if recent history is any indication.



  55. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    2:23 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone can play D, it just takes uncommon effort to be great. As athletic as all our guys are, we should be #1 in the country if they all tried their hardest.



  56. JoeC
    2:31 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t think Cailipari would have added him to the roster if he didn’t think he could contribute early and often. Why take a mid-year transfer if he’s not going to play? I’m not saying Twanny will be giving us 15-20 minutes per game or anything, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him getting between 7-10 minutes per by the time conference play rolls around. It just doesn’t make sense to take a transfer that won’t play, when Cal could’ve just as easily added another scholarship player to the recruiting class. He will give us needed depth and experience in the backcourt, and I think it will only help Teague get better having a guy that’s been around the block a bit backing him up.



  57. katmandue2you
    2:41 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I know someone that attended a recent practice and came away raving about Twany. I’m sure you have to see demonstrated performance over time, but he indicated he was very impressive in this particular practice. I’m hoping this holds true!!!



  58. katmandue2you
    2:46 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve been seeing where this guy named Matt Jones keeps saying he doesnt expect him to play much…but then we all saw the accuracy of Mr. Jones comments regarding UK-IU. Just sayin…

    LOL…love ya Matt…u still da man!!!



  59. katmandue2you
    2:48 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve been seeing where this guy named Matt Jones keeps saying he doesnt expect him to contribute much…but then we saw the accuracy of Matt’s comments regarding UK-IU…just sayin!
    Love Ya Matt!!….u still da man!!



  60. Al's IndiCats
    2:49 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    49…RidgeRunner, How’s that schizophrenia working for ya? LMAO!!!!



  61. BravoBigBlue
    3:24 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    10 – You have described exactly what this team needs. An unselfish point guard who thinks pass first. Unfortuntately, from what I have seen from Teague so far, we don’t have that. I hope Twany takes the bull by the horns and shows Teague how a true point guard should play on a team loaded with talent. Kinda like a bigger version of Anthony Epps. To me, Teague was waaaaaay overrated coming out of high school and has a lot to learn.



  62. jesse
    4:02 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I think twanny will get 5-8 minutes Saturday night and progressivly get more ..I think he will be a good player of the bench and contribute solid minutes and 4-6 points a game



  63. 3rdowndraw
    4:31 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    We need another option when Teague plays like he did in the first half. Our weakest position is hands down point guard.



  64. Simple
    4:48 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    “Don’t expect him to play in big games…” Wait, what?



  65. Curtis Blueblood
    4:55 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Just hide and watch boys, hide and watch.



  66. GillieTheKid
    5:13 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I think Twanny has the opportunity to make a significant impact on the team this year, even though it may not show up in the box score. First of all, he is a TRUE point guard who is not skiddish with the ball. I don’t care how much better Polson gets I will never feel comfortable with him bringing the ball up the court against quality competition. By adding Twanny we get another reliable ball handler and one that will not be looking to score every time down the court. This also allows Lamb to remain at the 2 guard throughout the game.
    In regards to his shooting, he wasn’t much of one at Ballard but I believe I read that he improved his shooting considerably while he was in prep school. That fact doesn’t seem to show up in his stats from Mississippi St., but as long as people don’t sag off of him it shouldn’t matter.
    At worst I see him getting 3-5 minutes a game and being an additional tall, long athlete. At best, he could find his way into the regular rotation and see up to 10 minutes a game. It will be interesting to see how Cal chooses to use him. I could also see him being converted into a Deandre Liggins type player. Remember that Liggins came in as a PG who couldn’t shot the ball and left as a wing player who played with great intensity and knocked down clutch threes. I think Twanny is every bit as athletic as Liggins.



  67. Doc
    5:18 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Twany is as important for the point guard role Just like eloy is for davis. He will have extended minutes for point guard for foul plagued games, fatigue and tourney. I am expecting him to be solid with speed, dribbling, and defense. If he can pass and be athletic like bb madness he can be great for number 8.



  68. Go cats
    5:42 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    66. How can you be uncomfortable with a player bringing the ball up the court no matter how good he is? That makes no sense.



  69. Tyrone Biggums
    6:16 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    As a Ballard grad and a former spectator of dude’s game… Teague will be resting this season everytime he pulls a “1st Half of the IU game”. TB is going to make the blue hairs stand up this season.



  70. Beas
    6:19 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Beckham, Miller and Vargas give us an experienced bench, and in the case of Vargas and Beckham they would be replacing the two freshmen at their positions. Add Wiljer and we’ll go a solid 9 deep during SEC action.



  71. Beetle bum
    7:43 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    Has Cal said ANYTHING about him??



  72. bama_cat
    9:07 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    i loved john wall, we all did, and i am not taking anything away from him. unbelievable athlete, GOT IT DONE. however, my fav player of cal’s era (so far) is b knight. could u guys imagine if he would have stayed?? he was so grounded, SOOOO mature by the end of the season (remember what he did in the tourney for us?), and he would be in control of this team. b knight was knowledgeable. he and lamb and davis could have a heyday with anyone in the country. jones could sit on the bench or stand around on the court (cals choice), miller would clean up where needed and be unstoppable from the elbow in. just a thought… holler. ohhhhhh, and mkg?? shiiiiiiiii…



  73. cats0711
    9:35 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    If he can play with out turning the ball over he will be a great addition during sec play. Plus on the days Teague is not playing his best it will be nice to have someone step in and be a true point guard.



  74. Steve Motley
    9:36 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    I think Twany definitely has the chance to make an impact on this years team. He has the size, athleticism and ball handling skills to be a good player for this team and in the SEC.



  75. zo
    10:04 pm December 13, 2011 Permalink

    This dude will come in the game and play defense.Thats what we need right.He’s a vet that already knows our offense.We need more mins. from the bench,and thats what he will give us.Sounds very atlethic,seems like a match up problem for smaller guards.Plus he’ll be able to see over defenders for the pass.shoot free throws and reb.some.Is he scared of contact?I will say he will average 5pts.2 rebs. 3assts.He will be a great addition to our team at the guard spot.More is better people.We need this guy in our rotation.



  76. Wildbluefan
    8:10 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Beckham gives us another BODY, so that we can more easily “turn up the heat” on defense and full-court pressure a lot more, which IMO would be devastating due to our athleticism and LENGTH !!!



  77. Dorian54
    9:24 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    I went to school with Twany at Ballard High, and he’s always had that winners mentality he’s a lean 6’5 205 who knows how to score inside the arc with ease!! He just need to work on being consistent from behind the arc. Where he lacks in that area he makes up with his defense and athletic ability. I’m excited to have him on the team believe it or not, but were going to need him down the stretch!!