Notebook: Twany Beckham ready for homecoming, Terrence Jones in a ‘slumber’



Notes from Monday’s media session:

Twany Beckham

Beckham is UK’s only Louisville native on the roster, meaning Tuesday’s game in Freedom Hall will be a homecoming of sorts.

“I can’t wait,” Beckham said.

Beckham hopes his teammates give him their allotment of tickets. He said he could use about 20 for family and friends.

“My whole family’s hitting me up for tickets,” Beckham said, “but I’m trying to put that aside and focus on the main goal, getting a win.”

Beckham has played 20 minutes in five games this year. He said he’s still been thrown some “learning curves” since gaining his eligibility on Dec. 17.

Beckham, who played point guard at Mississippi State, said he hopes he can eventually evolve into that role for UK. For right now, he’s playing on the wing.

“I’m still trying to find my piece in the puzzle,” Beckham said.

Terrence Jones

Jones has scored 11 points in two games since his return from a finger injury. Calipari again said that he’s not all the way back — but that applies both physically and mentally.

Calipari said he’s noted a lack of the aggressiveness Jones displayed at the beginning of the year, and noted the necessity of having fun on the court.

“You have to be having fun,” Calipari said. “If you’re having fun, you will fly up and down that court and make your faces and all that. But you can only have fun if you’re the aggressor.”

Jones did get 11 rebounds against Louisville, but Calipari noted he went for layups on a few occasions when he could have went for dunks.

“He’s still a little tentative, but he’ll be fine,” Calipari said. “I’ve had many guys go into a slumber and have to crack out of it. It’s not easy.”

Marquis Teague

Teague has committed four or more turnovers in four straight games after going through a stretch of six games with three or fewer turnovers.

“Marquis is still learning,” Calipari said. “He’s not totally bought in at this point. But that’s fine. Brandon (Knight) and John (Wall) hadn’t either.”

Calipari said he needs to run the offense for his teammates, including not starting a play until he makes sure they are all in the right position.

“He doesn’t do any of that right now,” Calipari said. “But he’s never had to. He’s just gone and got his own.”

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