HoopsHype DeAndre Liggins rumors

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Evan Dunlap: Smith and Liggins will compete on the Magic's summer squad. Could sign w/ ORL or elsewhere depending on how they perform. Twitter

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Not many fans know it, but Liggins wears No. 34, honoring his late brother, Maurice. Maurice wore the number in high school in Chicago, a rising star attracting college scouts, and was buried in his jersey a decade ago. He was then shot to death, gunned down on school grounds while defending his sister. The Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke at the service, preaching nonviolence in the city while 14-year-old DeAndre mourned. Only a few months earlier, he had lost his father, who died from complications of diabetes, and moved in with his grandmother. "[Maurice] makes me work harder. If not for him, I couldn't be here. I guess everything happens for a reason," Liggins said. Orlando Sentinel

He has an image of Maurice's face tattooed on his right shoulder. Liggins will tell you that it was Maurice who was destined to become a star. DeAndre was content to play pickup games in the street until that fateful day. "He was the guy; I was just a regular kid," Liggins said. "I didn't know how good I was. I wasn't playing any kind of structured basketball. I was playing for fun. …[Maurice] was playing to go somewhere. "When he passed, I had to follow his dreams." Orlando Sentinel

February 8, 2012 Updates

The Orlando Magic did not waive rookie combo guard DeAndre Liggins by Tuesday's 6 PM deadline, confirming the Kentucky product will remain on the team's roster for the rest of the regular season and fully guaranteeing his salary. Orlandoinstripedpost.com

December 23, 2011 Updates

Veteran Larry Hughes and rookie DeAndre Liggins almost certainly will be on the Orlando Magic's season-opening roster. Stan Van Gundy said after Thursday's practice that he doesn't expect any roster moves to be made before the Magic begin their regular season Christmas night in Oklahoma City. The team already waived point guard Gabe Pruitt, reducing its roster to 15 players. Orlando Sentinel

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Christian Laettner, arguably the most hated man in University of Kentucky basketball history, is coming to Rupp Arena to coach a group of “villains” against a team of famous Wildcats alumni on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Former UK player Jeff Sheppard, who now owns an apparel company and is involved in sports marketing with Wazoo Sports, organized the game. Former Wildcat Rex Chapman will coach the Big Blue All Stars, whose roster includes DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, Jodie Meeks, Chuck Hayes, DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson. Courier-Journal

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Next week’s NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago will have a Chicago feel to it. Four Chicago-area products were among the 54 players invited to the camp, which will be held at ATTACK Athletics in Chicago from May 18-22. Point guard Demetri McCamey (Illinois, St. Joseph High School), combo guard DeAndre Liggins (Kentucky, Washington), forward Jereme Richmond (Illinois, Waukegan) and point guard Iman Shumpert (Georgia Tech, Oak Park) will participate in the camp. ESPN.com

May 9, 2011 Updates

DeAndre Liggins may not convince everyone that he's ready for the NBA, but nobody believes he's more prepared to jump into the uncertainty of the pros than Liggins himself. A day after announcing he was staying in the 2011 NBA Draft, Liggins defended his decision of foregoing his senior season at Kentucky. "I put in a lot of hard work at Kentucky," Liggins said Monday in an exclusive interview with Cat Scratches. "I overcame a lot throughout my Kentucky career. Everybody knows that. I think I'm mature enough to play in the NBA. I know it's going to be different than college. I'm going to be alone a lot and I'm going to have to make decisions by myself. But I'm old enough and I've got the support." University of Kentucky Official Athletic Site

But after a combine in New Jersey last weekend, Liggins was told he was one of the five best players in the workout and stood a chance in the draft. For a 23-year-old who has overcome a tumultuous youth, a collegiate coaching change and has a newborn child, the window of opportunity was too open to put it on hold. "I had to really think about my family and my son," Liggins said. "I just followed by heart, really." Liggins said he received positive feedback from his workout in New Jersey. Although he didn't collect any promises from any NBA teams and understands he could still go undrafted, he's comfortable with his decision. "There are a lot of teams that like me and will consider me," Liggins said. "There were a couple teams that said I should come back to school and work on such and such, but I just felt like I'm a worker and can do all that stuff at any point in the NBA. I'm a guy who likes to work on my game a lot. I'm a tough guy. I'm mentally tough. I just think guys who are mentally tough, who have a good work ethic like me, can be in the league for a long time." University of Kentucky Official Athletic Site

Sources said that Liggins and Peterson were particularly impressive in their ability to control the game on the defensive end with their athleticism. Goudelock apparently shot the lights out. Joseph played well at the combine, which may have influenced his decision to stay in the draft. However, most GMs gave Garrett the nod as the best point guard in the group. ESPN.com

Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins will remain in the NBA draft. Liggins announced Sunday he will turn pro rather than return for his senior season after talking to NBA scouts during a weekend camp hosted by the New Jersey Nets. ESPN.com

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