To fully prepare for the 2012-13 basketball season, KSR conducted one-on-one interviews with each member of the Kentucky basketball team about their expectations for the team and what they would like to achieve individually. We’ll release two interviews per day throughout the week. Up now: Twany Beckham, the ladies’ man.
Twany Beckham’s first season at Kentucky was a pedestrian one. He sat out the entire first semester after transferring from Mississippi State, and once he was available, he still struggled to find the court. He only saw action in seven games, averaging just 2.8 minutes per game with one missed field goal attempt.
This season, however, he’s looking to be more of a regular contributor, and he knows what it takes.
“Basketball is all about confidence,” Beckham said in KSR’s one-on-one interview. “Last year, when I wasn’t getting a lot of playing time, I kind of questioned myself. Not if I can play, just going in games unsure. When you’re not getting a lot of playing time, you can be unsure. When I get in, I gotta feel like I belong. Go out there and make plays and not think twice about messing up.”
He added, “I’m more confident with everything right now. A lot more confident.”
If that’s the case, he should capitalize on the opportunity for playing time in 2012-13. Calipari said he needs one of the three — Beckham, Hood, or Polson — to step up and log minutes this season. Twany believes he can be that guy.
“I feel like it can be me,” he said when asked if he can emerge from that trio. “I bring a lot to the team, defensively. I can handle the ball. I’ve been working on my offensive game a lot more, trying to put the ball in the basket a lot more. I think it can be me.”
“If it’s me, I’ll be ready to go.”
Watch KSR’s entire one-on-one interview with Twany Beckham…
(Shot with an iPhone so the sound is pretty terrible. Turn your volume up. Way up. Way, way up.)