When the season began, many people expected that when Twany Beckham became eligible to play for the Cats, he would be a decent backup point guard on a team that had only two true point guards in Marquis Teague and Jarrod Polson. He started several games at Mississippi State and showed flashes of being at worst a serviceable backup to to give Teague rest and maintain the offensive flow, especially if Teague was in foul trouble. That may not be the case, at least right away according to John Calipari:
“Probably defensively. He’s not going to be playing point guard so he’ll probably be playing one of those other positions and he’s got to go guard. Get out there and defend, make easy plays and things so you can stay on the floor. He doesn’t understand that position (point guard) the way we need it played. But he’s a good athlete. He’s got some good size. He can defend and be tough. I just don’t know right now. I’ll be honest with you, Jarrod Polson understanding how we play and what we do is probably ahead of Twany.”
Beckham will be eligible for the first time tomorrow when the Cats square off against Chattanooga, and the former Ballard High School star is living his dream playing for his home-state schoool:
“Tomorrow, I’m going to be super nervous. This is a dream come true for me. I’ve always wanted to play at Kentucky. It’s been kind of an emotional week for me. I’ve been trying not to show it, but tomorrow is going to be crazy.”
I do expect Twany to get some spot duty at first, and eventually get some valuable minutes in SEC play, around 6-8 minutes per game. If anything he can play the 2 or the 3 position while Lamb plays the point and still give Teague a break. This team is full of interchangeable parts, and Cal will find a way to user Beckham if he is deserving of playing time. Fans just don’t need to keep their expectations high that Beckham will follow the line of great UK transfers like Derek Anderson, Kyle Macy, and Travis Ford.