Sunday, March 16, 2008
DeAndre Liggins- Kentucky's Next Star Guard?
DeAndre Liggins of Findlay College Prep (NV) is a 6'6 guard with a nice shooting touch. The senior was a vital part of Findlay's success this season, helping to lead the club to the national championship game. Despite losing to Hargrave Military Academy (VA) and falling just short of their bid for a title, Findlay had a wonderful year, and would not have been on the same level with Liggins. I caught up with the Kentucky-signee after the title game.
NB: You guys weren’t able to come up with the victory, but you hit a bunch of big shots down the stretch. How’d you guys maintain focus despite the score?
DL: We just wanted to keep the game close by making shots and executing down the stretch.
NB: You guys still had a great season [with] only one loss. What does this mean for the program?
DL: It means a lot. It means we can get good players to come here, and they can continue to build on [our] success next year.
NB: You’re heading to Kentucky next year, so what was it like playing against [Mississippi St.-bound] Dee [Bost] in a future SEC match-up?
DL: It was cool. He [is] a good player, he hit some big shots, and I’ll see him next year in the SEC.
NB: How did you pick Kentucky over all the schools looking at you?
DL: I think it’s a great fit for me, and I can come in and play immediately.
NB: How’d you end up coming to Findlay? . . . [It’s] not most well-known prep school. What made it appealing for you?
DL: It was a second year program, and I just wanted to come in and make Findlay a name.
NB: How do you think Brice [Massamba’s] injury affected you guys? . . . He came up limping in the first half, and it didn’t seem like he was at full strength in the second. How did that affect your game plan?
DL: A lot, because he [was] playing pretty [well]. I think he was the player of the game, and he just played with heart, and we just came up short this time.
NB: [Do you have] any goals for your college career at this point, or are you just thinking about finishing up . . . school?
DL: I’ll just continue to work hard, lift weights, and train everyday.
DeAndre Liggins had a major impact at Findlay, and cold provide a similar boost to the Kentucky Wildcats next year. Liggins is able to run the point, and his 6'6 frame gives him a height advantage over most point guards, and can also play shooting guard, due to his height and solid stroke. The Wildcats need a top-notch guard to come in and push them closer to the top of the SEC, and Liggins could do just that. DeAndre Liggins is poised for success at the college level, and his height/skills combo could take him a long way.
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