Liggins Listing Kentucky in Top 5

Chicago (Ill.) George Washington High School standout DeAndre Liggins has been well known among the recruiting circles as a great passer with great ballhandling skills.

With a newfound commitment to his offensive game, Liggins has seen a recent hike in his ranking as a result.'s 10th-ranked small forward has followed a similar path to prominance that highly regarded Kentucky target and AAU teammate, 6-foot-11 center, Beas Hamga has. A current native of Chicago (Ill.), Liggins played on Indiana Elite with Hamga, which is coached by Hamga's AAU coach and legal guardian, Mark Adams, who recently led Indiana Elite to a championship in the Kenwood Classic.

"He's a heckuva player because he's got a unique game," Adams said. "He plays like a point-forward because he's got a great handle for a guy his size. He runs the floor like a point guard, but rebounds like a power forward."

Recently Liggins' play shined in Houston. Liggins had several double digit rebounding performances, coupled with double-digit scoring outputs in both the semi-final game and the finals matchup versus Pump-n-Run.

"I'm trying to get better at scoring the basketball and getting to the rim," Liggins said. "I'm really good at getting in the open floor and getting my teammates involved, but I know that at the next level, I will need to get more consistent with my jump shot."

Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie, who has made such good in-roads with teammate Beas Hamga that the Wildcats have become the rumored favorite to land the Decatur (Ill.) Christian product, has also made some headway with the 6-foot-6, 180 pound guard in short time.

"Kentucky's in my top five with Memphis, Kansas, Texas and Illinois," Liggins said. "I really like Coach Gillispie and the new staff. They've been working hard on me and if Beas goes to school there, that will definitely give me a lot to think about."

Liggins has an official offer from Kentucky as of a few weeks ago.

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