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Kentucky Hoops Fan: Point Guard Twany Beckham is Eligible to Take the Floor
On Saturday, December 17th, Twany Beckham is expected to take the floor for the Wildcats for the first time when Kentucky takes on Chattanooga at Rupp Arena. Beckham transferred to UK from Mississippi State after the semester break last year. He'll have one season of eligibility left after this season. Beckham is a 6'5" point guard who is 23 years old. He is from Louisville, KY.
Beckham didn't play much during his first year with Mississippi State. He averaged only 1.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 8.4 minutes per game. He didn't play at all in his second year there due to some bone spurs in both hips that required surgery. In his third year, Beckham started the first five games in place of Dee Bost. Unhappy with his playing time there, he decided to transfer to Kentucky after playing 14 games. He averaged 2.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 15.7 minutes per game. He came in as a preferred walk-on but has since earned his scholarship.
Kentucky - What's next?
When he arrived at Lexington, he was not promised anything. Coach John Calipari told him to come in, work hard, and everything would take care of itself. Beckham has now been practicing with his Wildcat teammates for almost a year. He impressed Coach Cal early on with his defensive skills in practice against the other UK guards.
Beckham is a pass-first point guard meaning he'll get others involved in the action. He isn't the best shooter but he can handle the ball. He is scrappy and plays hard. Since there are no other true point guards on the squad other than Marquis Teague, Beckham should have an opportunity to play. How many minutes he'll get is unknown, of course. It will be good to have another option off the bench to give Teague a breather or provide insurance in case of an injury. When he gets into the game, he just needs to play great defense and not turn the ball over. If he can do that for 10 minutes, that will be a huge addition. Also, given Beckham's age, he might be a solid leader.
Beckham should see his first minutes in a Wildcat uniform against Chattanooga. After that, we'll see.
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