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By LARRY VAUGHT
When Kentucky plays its annual Blue-White Game tonight, I have to admit I am going to be pulling for DeAndre Liggins to have a big game.
I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sure he would survive the roster purge when John Calipari arrived, but then it seemed like he had really played his way into CalipariÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good graces. The new coach even noted how former coach Billy GillispieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s offense didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t suit Liggins and told how former coach Joe Hall had told him Liggins was the most improved player on the team when he watched practice.
But at last weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Southeastern Conference Media Day, Calipari said Liggins was not a point guard and would play on the wing. Hopefully, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a bad sign for Liggins because he went through enough hard times last year Ã¢â‚¬â€ and some were certainly brought on by his immature behavior.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am very anxious to show what I can do. We are going to be very good. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how we communicate with each other and how we are there for each other in tough times that will determine just how good we are,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The game will be when we really know how good we can be. I think we will kind of struggle at the beginning, but coach will make sure we get better every day.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Coach Cal will start to heat up now. We just have to stick with him. We know what he is trying to do. We have to listen and do what he says.Ã¢â‚¬Â
But apparently when it comes to tattoos, Liggins only listens to himself. How else to explain why he now has 11 tattoos.?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am addicted to them a little bit. I got my first one in Las Vegas my senior year. The most recent is one that says Family First,Ã¢â‚¬Â Liggins said.
But donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they hurt and why get 11?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“They hurt, but once you are addicted, it is like drinking coffee. You want more. It hurts, but not that bad. Maybe it does hurt, but I am addicted. I may get more. I have an idea what I want. My first one was D. Liggins and then I just kept adding them,Ã¢â‚¬Â Liggins said.
Now he hopes to add some pleasant memories to his UK career. He’s easy to like because he’s always brutally honest. To me, his biggest fault is that he wants to do too much and wants to make a team win by himself. Hopefully this year he’ll relax more under Calipari, have fun and show UK fans why many thought he was one of the nation’s top high school players two years ago.