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Making sense of DeAndre Liggins’ decision to leave Kentucky: Kentucky basketball fan reaction
Here are three reasons why Liggins stock won't improve:
1. The new recruits at Kentucky assure that the Wildcats will be much deeper than they were in the 2010-11 season. Liggins would not get the 31.6 minutes per game or the 6.9 shots per game he took last season.
2. The biggest problem Liggins has on offense is finishing around the rim. A reduction of minutes will mean less opportunity to improve this area of his game.
3. Liggins' greatest asset is his defensive skills. There is no doubt that he can lock down a great scorer. He can't expect to improve his defensive skills enough to bump his stock any further. He is already the best defensive player in the country.
Here is why Liggins might have stayed at Kentucky:
1. He would have a shot to win a title.
2. He could improve his leadership skills mentoring the young players as they make their title run.
3. Liggins can improve his game. If he can score more, pick up more assists and rebounds, and continue his defensive dominance, his stock will improve. He will earn a guaranteed contract if he makes it into the first round.
4. He could get closer to a college degree.
Here is why Liggins might have decided to leave Kentucky:
1. Liggins can improve a ton but may not get drafted higher because the draft will be especially deep next season.
2. If he plays at Kentucky for one more year, he will lose a year of big money. Liggins won't play professional basketball forever. Every year he doesn't play is a year of lost income.
3. Where he gets drafted will depend on how he compares to other players in the draft. He can lock down all the top scorers in the country but not improve his draft position. The draft is said to be weaker this year than it will be next year.
4. He will see decreased playing time playing for a loaded Wildcat squad.
5. John Calipari gave him all of his immense knowledge in the area of basketball to help with the decision. Liggins used that to make the best decision for him and his family.
6. He has a long life ahead of him to earn a college degree.
Liggins has a chance to land late in the first round of the draft. He's a 6'6 guard with long arms. He is a great defender, has a great motor, and is an underrated passer. He has some work to do but the right team may take notice and grab him. If he doesn't hire an agent, he can still return to Kentucky.
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