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Liggins college career did not start off great. His first year at the University of Kentucky was under the tutelage of Billy Gillispie. Liggins did not play very much because he did not work hard in practice. Since that Kentucky team was not very good Gillispie did not have much of choice but to play him some.
Then came John Calipari and his number one recruiting class. John Wall was now the unquestioned leader and point guard (DeAndre’s original position) for the Kentucky Wildcats. DeAndre did not adapt to the new coach very well.
It took almost half the year for Calipari to play him; he never saw the floor during the early season blowouts where even the walk-ons play. But by the end of the season DeAndre was the sixth man for the Wildcats and not starting only because Calipari didn’t want to change the starting lineup of a team that had only lost two games going into the post season.
DeAndre’s senior season was his most productive and showed how much of a great defender he actually is. Before Calipari, DeAndre did not have the work ethic or the proper mind set to be an elite defender. Now Liggins is a lock down wing man.
DeAndre is the best prospect in this draft to be the next Bruce Bowen. He is not as good as Bruce Bowen yet, but with the new attitude instilled in him by Calipari, DeAndre has a chance to be even better than Bruce Bowen.