Former Kentucky basketball player DeAndre Liggins is going to have a busy weekend of appearances, including one in Danville on Saturday at Wildcat Warehouse on Hustonville Road.
The tour is organized by Nationofblue.com, an internet site devoted to University of Kentucky athletics.
Liggins has already visited several eastern Kentucky sites, including Hazard, Pikeville, Paintsville and Maysville.
“We had a very good turnout at them all,” said Nationofblue.com’s Scott Anderson. “DeAndre is really good with fans. That is one thing I noticed immediately on the tour. He will jump in and take a picture. He has hugged a 95-year-old woman and held babies for pictures. The one in Hazard started at 10 in the morning and there was someone there at 4:30 (a.m.) waiting to be first in line.
“It has been pretty unreal. Everywhere we have been, there have been long lines and he’s got huge ovations as soon as he has walked in. The atmosphere everywhere has been very, very good.”
Liggins was a starter and defensive stopper on UK’s Final Four team before opting to bypass his senior season with the Wildcats to enter the NBA draft. He was picked in the second round by the Orlando Magic.
He made an appearance at the Prasco John Calipari Pro Camp this morning in Lexington. Saturday, he’ll be at Wildcat Warehouse locations in Somerset (10 a.m.-noon), Fayette Mall in Lexington (3:30-5:30 p.m.) and Danville (1-2:30 p.m.). Saturday night he’ll be at the Best Little Card Shop in Richmond from 6:30-8.
Sunday he heads west and will be at Wildcat Warehouse locations in Owensboro (1-2:30 p.m.) and Elizabethtown (5-6:30) before going to Big Blue Country in Louisville from 7-9 p.m.
Autograph packages at each location start at $15.
“DeAndre is a good guy and this tour has been an easy fit for him,” Anderson said. “With the NBA lockout, this is his job right now.”