Vaught: 1-on-1 with DeAndre Liggins, Pt 2of2

Liggins: "I think I put myself in bad situations last year. My actions were negative at times. That was me. I wanted to win and compete. I want to prove this year I am competitive but will do it in a positive way. I wanted to win so bad last year. I know I made mistakes, but I just wanted to win."

Liggins, who was recruited out of high school by Calipari, says it wasn't a mistake to come to Kentucky to play in Gillispie's disciplined system.

"I just put myself in a bad situation. They (the coaches) didn't do it. I did. Typical freshman mistakes and I am going to learn from them," Liggins said. "It is a blessing, though, to have coach Cal here now."

While many speculated that Calipari would not keep Liggins, the sophomore guard never doubted his ability to fit into Calipari's system.

"I knew people were saying negative things about me, but I wanted  him just to give me a chance to get to know him and I think that's what he did. I proved myself that I am not that type of kid. He knew me, my game and how I played. He liked me out of high school when I came to Kentucky. He knows me," Liggins said.

"I think I put myself in bad situations last year. My actions were negative at times. That was me. I wanted to win and compete. I want to prove this year I am competitive but will do it in a positive way. I wanted to win so bad last year. I know I made mistakes, but I just wanted to win."

He's been trying to work on his ballhandling, jump shot and decision making. He knows the more confident he is, the better he'll be in all three areas. Liggins also wants to improve his defense because he knows if Calipari did use a lineup with three point guards, he likely would have to guard a small forward.

"That could happen. I could guard a small forward. Plug me into any position and I will play. I can play three spots. It doesn't matter. Defensively, I am a willing defender," Liggins said. "I think I could have been a great defender, but I took days off and was inconsistent and worried about playing time. That's what I was thinking about. I can play defense and be great defender. I can be the best on the team. They (the coaches) know I have the right attitude now. I was always a good defensive player in high school. I had five charges and at least three steals every game. Now I have to do it here."


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