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KSR’s UK Basketball Season Preview: Twany Beckham

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.)


Other profiles: John Calipari, Julius MaysNerlens NoelRyan Harrow, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

15 Comments for KSR’s UK Basketball Season Preview: Twany Beckham

  1. UKallDay
    3:02 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    Woooow!! Twany is so smokin HOT!

  2. Bench
    3:14 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    I look good with tats.

  3. Who?
    3:17 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    Drew – any idea who these guys (@BluegrassHoop) are that are “breaking” that the Harrison twins are UK bound? Not sure how much credibility you thought was there.

  4. Chad
    3:21 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    The sound is terrible on these videos… You cant afford a mic?

  5. Jones Returns
    3:35 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    Wonder what they were talking about…

  6. Rome
    3:40 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    At least you guys got the camera tilt right…

  7. Drew Franklin
    4:16 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    We had to do some of the interviews with an iPhone thanks to some unforeseen complications with the camera.

  8. bluristhurr
    4:27 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink


  9. bluristhurr
    4:31 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    Ok I tested to see if I could post for some reason the site was saying my IP was bned IDK what was up with that but I just wanted to say I respect what Twany has done by giving up alot of PT for MS to come here. Don’t know what you’ll get this year either but one thing you got was a ring and what seems to be friends for life from the program.

  10. Hicks
    6:08 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    If Anthony and Nerlens played 1 on 1 to 11, Anthony would win 1-0. No typo

  11. Adam
    6:30 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    Why do you all keep saying, “Watch KSR’s entire one-on-one interview with…” and then every video is cut off before it ends? Where is the ENTIRE video?

    Who does the video editing?

  12. Seriously
    6:30 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    Twany is probably the most approachable player on the team in public. Nice guy

  13. Adam
    6:32 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    10 – would the game be over? One of them would still need to score 10 more points if they are playing to 11….you sure there isn’t a typo?

  14. UKallday
    8:53 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    Between Twany, Hood, and Polson on who will step out and log minutes, I can definitely say it won’t be Polson. I don’t quite know between Hood or Beckham yet…

  15. BlueWhite
    1:52 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    13- You don’t get it? It’s ok my 6 year old brother didn’t get it either.