Dec 20, 2011; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Twany Beckham (10) celebrates during the game against the Samford Bulldogs during the first half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Samford 82-50. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Preview: #11 Twany Beckham

#11 Twany Beckham
6’4″ 202 lbs.
Senior- Point Guard
Mississippi St. (Ballard HS)
Louisville, KY

2011-12 Season Stats:
PPG: 0.0
RPG: 0.2

It has become somewhat of a tradition in recent years to take a few Kentucky-born players and place them on the roster. Recruiting has expanded past the state’s borders unlike 40 years ago, and the majority of the players are not from the state. But in some cases, you are able to get a player with college experience as well as a in-state player. Examples of those players who’ve transferred from out-of-state only to return home are Derek Anderson (Ohio St.) and Travis Ford (Mizzou). Twany Beckham is also apart of that group of players.

Having transferred from Mississippi St. due to lack of playing time, Beckham came to UK in hopes to make a difference. Having already redshirted during his sophomore season, he came in halfway through last year’s season in December. He has only averaged 2.8 minutes a game compared to MSU (15 mpg), but there’s a possibility that could change this season. He has already shown enough poise and confidence during his games last season that he is capable of seeing more time on the floor this year if he puts in the work.

WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR?

Beckham is no longer waiting eligibility like he was this time last season. Both him and Ryan Harrow have previous college experience to hang their hat on, as well as a year learning Calipari’s system, so we can expect to see more of Beckham on the court as a reserve player. He took the place of Marquis Teague in a few games last season, both in conference games and in the NCAA Tournament. He will play behind Harrow, providing some relief minutes.

CALIPARI on BECKHAM

“Twany gives us size at the guard position. With his athleticism and renewed commitment to the defensive end, he has the capability of being a key defensive player for us. His experience in SEC play and time in our systems gives us another option in the backcourt.”

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