Chats with the Cats: Twany Beckham

jtipton@herald-leader.comOctober 1, 2011 

  • Height: 6-5

    Weight: 205

    Position: Guard

    Class: Junior

    Hometown: Louisville

    High school: Ballard

  • This is the first in a series of question-and-answer sessions with each of the 15 University of Kentucky men's basketball players. Coming Sunday: Anthony Davis and Ryan Harrow

Q: What will be your role?

A: I really don't know. I'm just going to go in every day and work hard and do whatever Coach asks me to do. Hopefully, I'll fit into my role.

Q: When you were transferring from Mississippi State, what did John Calipari say about how they could use you?

A: He didn't really say. He didn't promise me anything. He told me to come in and work hard, and everything would take care of itself.

Q: Coming out of Ballard, what college offers did you have?

A: I had a lot of mid-major offers. I went to prep school. I started to get a lot of high-major looks. I was going to take a visit to Indiana (and) Tennessee. I took my first visit to Mississippi State, and I committed on my first visit.

Q: Do you regret making a decision on impulse?

A: I don't regret my decision. I feel everything happens for a reason. Kentucky is my dream school.

Q: Dream school?

A: I grew up watching Kentucky. My good friend played here, Rajon Rondo, and I always wanted to come here.

Q: How well do you and Rondo get along?

A: We're real good friends. We always play pickup together. We're from Louisville, so we talk a lot.

Q: Have you played one-on-one against Rajon?

A: He's tough to beat.

Q: So it didn't go well for you?

A: No, it didn't.

Q: What UK players have you liked?

A: Oh, man, it's a long list. Antoine Walker. Ron Mercer. Tony Delk. Wayne Turner. Cliff Hawkins. It grows as a list. Joe Crawford. Randolph Morris. Rajon. There's more.

Q: How do you pronounce Twany?

A: Twah-knee. Antoine is my real name.

About Beckham: Beckham transferred to UK from Mississippi State at last school year's semester break, meaning he won't be eligible to play until this school year's first semester ends. The first game Beckham will be available is Dec. 17 vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga. He'll have one season of eligibility left after 2011-12.

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