NEW YORK, Dec. 30, 2013 – DeAndre Liggins of the Sioux Falls Skyforce was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 23 – Sunday, Dec. 29.
Liggins, a 6-6, 209 pound guard from Kentucky, led Sioux Falls to a 2-1 record last week, including a Christmas day victory over the Iowa Energy. Liggins averaged 23.0 points, while shooting 48 percent from the field, to go with 9.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks. He began with an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double, adding eight assists in the 112-99 win over the Energy on Christmas day. Liggins finished the week with two more contests against the Energy, scoring more than 20 points in both outings.
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Deandre was the highest rated (4 star, #5 PG according to scout.com) prospect in Billy Gillespie’s final recruiting class while at UK. He is originally from Chicago, IL but came to UK via Findlay Prep out of Henderson, NV. The 2008 class also included Josh Harrelson and Darius Miller for the Wildcats.
Liggins only played 16.5 and 15.3 MPG during his first two seasons as a Wildcat before really finding a role on the 2010/11 season when he played 31.6 MPG as a starter on the team that made the final four.
Liggins left after his junior season for the NBA and was selected in the second round (53rd overall) by the Orlando Magic. He played in 17 games during the 11/12 season and 39 during the 12/13 season primarily as a defensive specialist for the Oklahoma City Thunder.