Staff wants Liggins to "push" more

Kentucky assistant coach Glynn Cyprien says not a day, or even a practice possession for that matter, goes by that Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie doesn't plead with freshman point guard DeAndre Liggins to push the ball to try and get easy baskets.

Kentucky assistant coach Glynn Cyprien says not a day, or even a practice possession for that matter, goes by that Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie doesn't plead with freshman point guard DeAndre Liggins to push the ball to try and get easy baskets.

Perhaps that's why at times when it looks like Liggins might be out of control, forcing the tempo or taking bad shots, Gillispie appears extraordinarily patient because he knows his talented freshman is trying to do what the coach wants.

"Coach is telling him every day and every possession to push the ball and hit ahead. His decision-making process is trying to figure out where he needs to be on the floor and what play to call," Cyprien said. "That is an adjustment as a freshman. It is an even bigger adjustment as a point guard, especially at a high level like this."

While Liggins seems to have the needed physical tools to succeed, emotionally and mentally the transition to major college point guard is not something every player can handle and/or accept. "I think he is getting better at handling things mentally. It has been an adjustment, though," Cyrpien sad. "He has been the best player on his team at every level he has been and now he has to spread the wealth.

"He is getting better at that. He is understanding that he has to communicate better and be a better teammate."

So how good can he be?

"I think he can be a great on-ball defender with his long arms that he has to get in the passing lane and run through passes. I think he is a great passer and I think the best is yet to come. He's just going to get better and better and eventually make us better and better," Cyprien said.


AllWildcats Top Stories