Tag: DeAndre Liggins

Houston Rockets Brooks and Oklahoma City Thunder Liggins battle for the ball during Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-finals basketball playoff series in Houston

Former Wildcat Liggins charged with multiple felonies

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DeAndre Liggins may be best remembered by college hoops fans as the big guard who provided some experience and leadership for John Calipari’s freshman-laden 2011 Final Four team.

All of that poise seems to have deserted Liggins, who was charged with seven felony counts, including kidnapping, domestic abuse and battery on Friday.

Liggins was immediately waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA team he was hoping to play for next season, though the Thunder’s press release didn’t give any reason for the decision.

The Lexington newspaper pulled some of the horrifying details of Liggins’ domestic incident from Oklahoma City newspaper reports.

Liggins, who played at UK from 2008-11, was arrested over the weekend after his girlfriend (Jasmine Horton) told police he attacked her in front of their 2-year-old son.

A probable cause affidavit filed in Oklahoma County District Court said Horton told police that Liggins punched and hit her at their home. When Horton locked herself in a bedroom, Liggins “kicked the door in and pushed her down” before dropping a fan on her, stomping her with his foot and then dropping an Xbox on her head, according to the affidavit.

The Oklahoman reported that a doctor who examined the victim said she suffered from a shoulder separation, bruising on the back of her head and multiple scrapes about her neck and back, according to the affidavit.

Liggins is denying that he made any assault, according to his lawyer. The Lexington paper reports that Liggins was visiting his alma mater on Friday, where he posed for an Instagram photo with Calipari. The coach captioned the photo “My sons are starting to roll in to Lexington for this weekend.”

Liggins is presumably in town for Calipari’s charity alumni basketball game, scheduled to be played on Monday. Whether he’ll stay in town for the event in light of current circumstances remains to be seen.

Kentucky out of Top 25 for first time under Calipari

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Yes, Big Blue Nation, it finally happened. A Calipari-coached Kentucky team will play their next game without a ranking next to their name.

For the first time since Cal took over prior to the 2009-10 season, the Wildcats aren’t ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. It’s a product of back-to-back losses to Notre Dame on the road and Baylor at home, a loss that was also Cal’s first at home since taking over at Kentucky.

Now breathe. It’s going to be ok.

This team is not anywhere near the caliber of last season’s national champions that steam-rolled essentially everyone (sans Indiana and Vanderbilt) on it’s way to one of the greatest seasons in college basketball history. You probably knew that already.

But first of all, polls are dumb. They are meaningless, really. Especially this early. They factor a little bit into opinions for at-large bids in the NCAA Tournament. The end.

But mainly, this team has a huge deficiency in leadership and that’s due to the fact that for the first season under Cal, the team lacks the senior leader that has been through the pre-Calipari Domination years. There’s no Patrick Patterson, Perry Stevenson or Ramon Harris. No Jorts, DeAndre Liggins or Darius Miller. No big brother figure that can lead the team mentally and emotionally when they’re tired of hearing it from Calipari. No, Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson don’t count.

It’s a newsworthy item because of Kentucky’s recent dominance. But nothing that should send Wildcats fans into a panic. There’s still four months to play until Selection Sunday.

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

Findlay Prep (Nev.) head coach Mike Peck hired as coach of NBADL’s Idaho Stampede

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Mike Peck, coach of powerhouse Findlay Prep (Nev.), has accepted a position as the head coach with the NBA Developmental League’s Idaho Stampede, the team announced Tuesday.

The Stampede organization is the D-League affiliate of the Portland Trailblazers.

“This is a great opportunity with a wonderful organization,” Peck said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity ahead of me.”

In five seasons with Findlay Prep, Peck has amassed a stellar 157-8 record, winning the National High School Invitational three times and never losing a game at home (65-0).

While at Findlay, he coached six future NBA players: Corey Joseph, DeAndre Liggins, Avery Bradley, Tristan Thompson, Joel Anthony, and Louis Amundson.

“Michael Peck will be a great fit for the Stampede and the Trail Blazers,” Trail Blazers Assistant General Manager Bill Branch said in the release. “He brings a work ethic and experience that will benefit the Stampede and the continued development of our players.”

Before coming to Findlay Prep, Peck worked as a video coordinator at UNLV from 2003-06 and as an assistant at Saginaw Valley State from 1998-2003.

“We are excited that Portland has picked the right fit to improve the product on the floor,” Stampede President and General Manager Steve Brandes said in the statement. “The combination of his player development skill set and understanding of business development and the community will be a huge asset to our franchise.”

Findlay Prep assistant Todd Simon will now take over at head coach at the school.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_