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2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Kentucky's DeAndre Liggins Made Right Decision in Entering NBA Draft - June 10


Every year I scratch my head at several underclassmen who decide to leave school and enter the NBA Draft early; and this year was no different. Most people felt that way about DeAndre Liggins' decision to leave Kentucky after his junior season. However, when you look at Liggins' situation with his personal life and how things likely would have shaped up on the court at Lexington next season, his choice to turn pro makes sense even though there is a real possibility he will not get drafted on June 23.

Liggins was not a star at Kentucky, as he was fifth on the team in scoring this past season averaging 8.6 points per game. He will never be a star in the NBA. However, despite being overshadowed the past two seasons by freshmen like John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones, Liggins felt now was the right time to leave school and pursue his dream of becoming a professional basketball player.

When dissecting Liggins' decision to turn pro, two things come to mind. He became a father this past season and now has to support a family (including his fiancee). Also, with the extremely talented batch of recruits coming to Kentucky next season, there was no guarantee that Liggins would see more playing time than he did this past season.



The Wildcats figure to be loaded on the wing with Doron Lamb, Darius Miller and Terrence Jones all returning along with the addition of McDonald's All-American Michael Gilchrist. Calipari's outstanding reputation as a recruiter is a huge reason for his success as a coach, but it has worked against Liggins.

"We had other guys who more highly recruited than me, so (Coach Calipari) would rather live with their mistakes than my mistakes," Liggins said at the NBA Draft Combine. "But I have the chance to show people I can do more than I did at Kentucky. Coach Cal recruits one-and-done guys, but he also makes them work for their playing time."

Liggins earned his playing time due to his ability to blend in with those one-and-done players. His biggest asset to the Wildcats was developing into one of the best defenders in the SEC. Versatility played a major part in that as Liggins was able to guard multiple positions depending on the nightly matchup.



While defense is a huge strength for Liggins, his offensive abilities are in question with his transition to the next level. He shot the ball well from three this past season (39.1% which was up from 31.8% his sophomore year), but he never showed consistency in attacking the basket. Still, Liggins feels he can hold his own in the NBA.

"The whole thing with me is confidence," Liggins stated. "I have to have the confidence that I can play offense. I didn't have the ball in my hand a lot but I think my offense improved greatly the first two years and this year it improved again. Coach Cal gave me this confidence. That's what I love about him."

If Liggins is drafted, it will most likely be in the late second round which does not guarantee him a contract or a spot on an NBA roster. In fact, it may actually be beneficial for Liggins to not get draft so he can pick which team has a need for depth on the wing and try to earn a spot as a free agent during training camp. If not, Liggins will likely have to make a living by playing ball overseas.

Whichever path he ends up taking, Liggins is prepared to scratch and claw his way to the next level.

"I wanna be the underdog, my whole life," Liggins said. "I've got nothing to lose here. I'll put it on the line and give it my all."



Recent NBA Draft and Offseason Blog Entries:

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2011 NBA Offseason Winners - 12/23
2011 NBA Offseason Losers - 12/23
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/22
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/20
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/16
Chris Paul Trade Analysis - 12/15
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/14
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/10
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/9
Five Players Likely to Be Traded After NBA Lockout - 7/7
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Southwest Division - 7/6
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Northwest Division - 7/5
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Pacific Division - 7/3
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2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Chris Singleton is a Lottery Sleeper - 6/13
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Where Does JaJuan Johnson Fit in the NBA? - 6/11
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Kentucky's DeAndre Liggins Made Right Decision in Entering NBA Draft - 6/10
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2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Brandon Knight Worth Third Overall Pick? - 6/2
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Oreana 01-05-2014 04:10 am xxx.xxx.xxx.103 (total posts: 1)
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ok maybe I should spifcey... It does not come with any one particular colour. When people talk about British/European/Caucasian people and don't acknowledge that they have strong cultural backgrounds, well I personally find that as offensive and as racist.
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Geri 01-04-2014 06:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.145 (total posts: 1)
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I don't think people shulod see this post as discriminating against their culture. Fashion is CULTURE, art, music, etc...Some people need to look deeper about fashion and see that it's used to express feelings and that persons way of life, just like Native America. Yes I agree that people shulod not buy cultural things from chain stores as it is taking something which belongs to a community and they are getting nothing for it, whereas as if you buy from the community this would be helping them. However I do see why some people are getting offended, but these pictures are showing appreciation of this culture and in no way discriminating against it. Some people may want to enlighten themselves by reading about Native America and see why some may be upset by this..The work is beautiful and I think you show great appreciation to this culture :)
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Margaret 01-04-2014 05:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.244 (total posts: 1)
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This dress is amazing, and I think you pearid in with the perfect shoes. I just discovered your blog, and I really admire how you make high street pieces look so high end - that's real style! Looking forward to keeping up with your looks!- Catherine at The Spring
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ooooh this is the first time i saw this dress looking good on annoye... was really not sure about it as the bust line looked a bit funny but boy, you make it look really pretty..
Jordan 01-04-2014 03:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.158 (total posts: 1)
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These pictures are truly bufatieul, and I can easily see why they were meant as a tribute to the native american culture! I don't understand how anyone could find them offencive at all - they're so gorgeous and artistic!! Love your work, and I can't wait to see the rest :)
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William 01-04-2014 01:07 am xxx.xxx.xxx.165 (total posts: 7)
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All-star weekend as in 3 point coetnst, skills challenge, dunk coetnst, and H.O.R.S.E.We also want to see real player DNA/Reactions by what the player act like in real life if the get mad at ref or stay quiet they should act the same on the game. players should look like they're about to fight show players starting players running out the locker room and giving the other players on the bench high 5 s. show players warming up in their team jump suit, team shirt and pants, or something like that. Show players talking to reporters at the end of game on create legend mode. Show players walking into the locker room. show players to watch out for during the before game warm up.
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Patti 01-03-2014 08:00 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.73 (total posts: 7)
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As an obsessive NCAA fan, I'm pleesad to see you note that the college game is superior to the NBA. I gotta say, though, I'd recommend not pinning your hopes on Illinois they've lost a key player to injury and they got destroyed in the big 10 tournament. Add that to the fact that Big 10 teams almost always underperform in the big dance, and you've got to wonder how they're going to even make it out of the first round. But you know do what you will! ;)
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