University of Kentucky’s DeAndre Liggins made a stop in San Antonio for a work out with the San Antonio Spurs and according to Liggins, it was his best one:
Liggins has been racking up the frequent flyer miles, jumping from NBA city to city, working out for front office personnel. Already, he’s worked out for San Antonio, Miami, and on Saturday, Charlotte.
Liggins said at all three workouts, he’s been able to showcase his skills that made him a fan favorite at Kentucky.
“I did good offensively. I did good defensively, too. They all went well, but to me, the Spurs was the best one,” he said.
Known for his defense, Liggins is a 6’6″, 205 lbs., guard/forward. Last season he averaged 8.6 points, shot 42% from the field, 39.1% from the three point line, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 31.6 minutes per game.
Measuring in at a long and lean 6-6, Liggins is a good overall athlete, and while he’s not super explosive, he possesses fine leaping ability and nice speed in the open floor due to his stride length.
Utilizing his length and instincts on the defensive end to create some turnovers, Liggins is not the most disciplined or fundamentally sound defensive player. Often getting turned around as the ball moves around the floor, Liggins makes an effort to keep his man out of the lane, but his defense off the ball leaves a lot to be desired. Lacking great lateral quickness and having some issues getting through screens, Liggins has little trouble using his big wingspan to contest shots, but will need to make some major improvements to have a bigger impact on the defensive. (draftexpress.com)
As mentioned above, Liggins gets it done on the defensive end. He can guard multiple positions and has drawn comparisons to Memphis Grizzlies’ Tony Allen:
Liggins has impressed some NBA scouts with his exceptional defensive ability. At least one franchise compared his pro potential to that of Memphis Grizzlies forward Tony Allen, who has helped lead that team into the playoffs with his defensive skills.
“Everybody is looking at DeAndre Liggins, that he could guard multiple positions. He’s athletic, tough, comes up with balls — all the stuff they want in that position.”
Seeing how the Spurs need to go back to a defense-first mindset, what do you have to say Spurs fans? Like this kid out of Kentucky?