#10 Twany Beckham
Ballard High School
Beckham is homegrown Kentucky talent,
as he was a standout player at Ballard High School. He eventually
committed to Mississippi State and spent 2½ seasons there. After a
freshman year that showed signs of potential but also various
injuries, Beckham had to sit out his entire sophomore season and got
a medical redshirt after having surgery to remove bone spurs on both
hips. During the 2010-2011 season, Beckham appeared in 14 games,
averaging three points and two assists per game while logging 15 mpg.
He was a solid backup PG to All-SEC talent Dee Bost, so playing time
was hard to come by. He did start the first five games of the season
in place of the suspended Dee Bost.
Beckham was able to transfer from MSU
and join the Cats in the middle of last season as a preferred
walk-on, and proved to be a valuable asset as he gave Calipari an
extra body in practice on a team that was lacking able bodies. He
impressed John Calipari right off the bat with his hard work and
pressure he put on UK's guards.
Beckham will now join UK’s program as
a preferred walk-on. Beckham can play both guard positions and
describes himself as a “pass-first” guard. Due to transfer rules,
he will not be eligible to play until the spring semester of the
2011-12 season. Beckham will enter UK as a junior. Judging by his
speed and athleticism he displayed at Big Blue Madness, its safe to
say he's fully healed from his injuries and will be ready to
contribute when he becomes eligible during the spring semester.
WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR?
Beckham reportedly will not be eligible
until the second semester, so he will be behind the eight-ball as far
as in-game experience with this team goes. However, I do expect him
to be a solid contributor by the time conference play roles around.
By that I mean he'll come in when Teague is in foul trouble or needs
a break and run the offense efficiently enough and play good defense
so that UK doesn’t see a significant drop off in production when
Beckham is running the point. There are so many stars on this team,
he can easily be a game manger and keep the UK train rolling. There
will be a at least a game or too when he sees significant playing
time at the point when Teague is in serious foul trouble, and Twany
will be depended on. Cal was smart to take a PG with SEC experience,
as it will come into play at some point.
Coach Cal on Beckham:
“Twany may have an opportunity to play. When I tell you we're
looking for a backup point guard, it could be Twany. I'm not going to
give it to somebody. If they're not good enough, we'll look
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