After going through a tumultuous season that included refusing to go into a game and dwindling playing time late in the season, sophomore point guard DeAndre Liggins feels like he is getting a "fresh start" with new coach John Calipari.
"I want to show people I am not the kind of person they thought last year and I want to win. I did a lot of things wrong last year. I don't blame coach (Billy) Gillispie or his coaching staff. I blame myself, not them," said Liggins. "I don't want to be emotional and let things distract me to make me negative. I want to stay positive this year."
Liggins says most of his problems last year were "typical freshman" mistakes he made off the court more so than problems he had on the court.
"You only saw a glimpse of DeAndre Liggins last year. Watch out. John Wall and Eric Bledsoe are great players. It's a team. I love them. They have made me get better and I will make them better. I won't say they are better than me. We are going to compete and make each other better. I believe I can play with anybody," Liggins, who averaged 4.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 16.6 minutes per game last year, said. "You are going to see me playing multiple positions and I am going to be giving my all. I am going to play very well. This system is for me. I want to stay poised and not be out of control. This is good for me."
Apparently it's good for Calipari, too.
"He is inspired to be playing right now. Everybody looked at him and said last year I imagine that he was out of control. When you have a guy standing in the high post and one in the low post and you are a driver, that's your game, and there is a man in the high post and low post, every time you drive you are driving into somebody. So you don't have any idea what you are doing," Calipari said. "Then you start losing balls, making turnovers and running people over. Then when you get so frustrated that you do what — shoot — and you can't shoot. Now you don't know where to go. Again, he has to prove himself, but I think he was a little misunderstood."