As Matt mentioned, DeAndre Liggins was made available to the media for the first time last night. The C-J’s Brett Dawson wrote a piece that focused solely on Liggins’ No-Entry Event in Vegas. The Cats’ Pause’s Matt May (subscription required) includes a choice quote from Jodie Meeks concerning Liggins’ growing pains and get’s Liggins’ take on what has been affecting his shot lately. Jerry Tipton’s notes column, uh, notes that Liggins family and friends are less patient than he:
As UK personnel stood nearby, Liggins admitted that the immediate success of other freshmen, for instance fellow Chicagoan Derrick Rose at Memphis last season, fueled his frustration as a Kentucky reserve.
“It goes through my mind sometimes,” he said. “I just have to wait my turn.”
Patience does not come easy when friends and family sing a player’s praises and wonder aloud why the coach isn’t playing him more.
“I hear that from everybody,” Liggins said. “I’ve just got to wait my turn. That’s what I tell them.”
Asked how that response plays with his family and friends, Liggins said, “They react (by saying) ‘Maybe you should be playing.’
“I tell them, “I’m a freshman. I have to wait my turn and I still have a lot to learn.’ “
Nice to see that UK Athletics have fully hooked DeAndre up to the Sports Cliche Machine.