Found October 21, 2011 on Wildcat Blue Nation:
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#10 Twany Beckham
6'5” 205 Junior Guard Ballard High School Louisville, KY
LAST SEASON:
PPG 2.9 RPG 2.2 APG 2.1 SPG 1.1 FG% 34.6
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 elsewhere.”
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