Liggins, Knight on Teague

Brandon Knight knows exactly how Kentucky freshman Marquis Teague must feel as he prepares to lead the UK?offense for coach John Calipari, who has sent his last four point guards — Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, John Wall and Knight — to the NBA as first-round draft picks.

Brandon Knight knows exactly how Kentucky freshman Marquis Teague must feel as he prepares to lead the UK?offense for coach John Calipari, who has sent his last four point guards — Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, John Wall and Knight — to the NBA as first-round draft picks.

"The biggest thing is I would say is just do what you do best. You can't worry about what happened before you or who came before you," said Knight when asked what advice he might have for Teague. "The main thing is to focus on your team and your situation. A lot of people are always going to compare you to the past point guards, previous point guards. That is just part of it. As a player, you can't focus on that. You have to focus on your situation. He's a great player and I am sure he will be fine."

Knight dealt with the same expectations last year. He led UK?in scoring and assists while helping the Wildcats reach the Final Four for the first time since 1998.

"I?knew as soon as I committed here I would be compared to John and Derrick Rose because coach Cal coached those players before. The main thing for me was knowing we were a different team (than the year before)," Knight said.

"We didn't have the same players. We were not as deep as the year before. Frankly, a lot of people did not expect us to do as well as we did. It was motivation, but you have to focus on your team and your situation and make sure your guys are getting better, and I am sure he will do that."

Former UK?guard DeAndre Liggins played against Teague in a few pickup games recently. Liggins, a second round pick of the Orlando Magic after dramatically improving his play last season at UK, liked what he saw from Teague.

"I guarded Teague. He is tough and that's what coach Cal likes in his point guard. He wants toughness. He's very unselfish. He's going to be a good floor general," Liggins.

Liggins had to guard not only Wall and Knight during his time at UK, but he also defended Eric Bledsoe, another guard who was a first-round pick. He says Teague could be in the same mold as all of them.

"He is good. He could hold his own with them," Liggins said. "I don't know how he will be on defense. That's not what he is known for. He's known for getting others involved. He will have a different role than I did for defense, but he's going to be good."


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