Twany Beckham was born in Louisville, KY as the oldest of three boys. He grew up in one of roughest parts of the inner city. At a very young age, Twany found a passion for playing sports and quickly became known as one of the top young athletes in the state of Kentucky. As an 8th grader at Highland Middle School, Twany led the school to their first championship in the school’s history. His talents drew the attention of many high schools throughout the city of Louisville in both football and basketball, but Twany elected to stay with basketball.
Ballard High School
Twany was a three-year starter for Coach Chris Renner at Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., where he helped pace the Bruins to a three-year composite mark of 86-16 (.843) and a pair of Sweet 16 state tournament appearances. In his senior year, Twany led the Bruins to a 35-3 season and runner up in the State Tournament. That year her averaged 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game to earn first-team all-state honors. Chosen the 7th Region Player of the Year in 2006-07. Recorded 11 double-doubles in 2006-07, including a triple-double with 12 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in only 18 minutes against Manual in the regional tournament. Posted 10 games with 20 or more points in 2006-07, including a season-high 31 points, 11 boards, 7 steals and 5 assists versus St. Xavier. Named MVP of the prestigious 2007 Louisville Invitational Tournament (LIT), averaging 22.5 points on 65-percent shooting (39-60 FGs) during the four-game tourney. Named to the 2007 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Sweet 16 All-Tournament Team after leading the Bruins to a 35-3 record and a state runner-up finish.
The New Hampton School
Twany spent one year at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire where he was able to concentrate on academics and play in a high-level prep school basketball league. Averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists as a fifth-year player for Coach Pete Hutchins at the New Hampton School in the highly competitive Class A division of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. ... Led the Huskies in Assists. ... Ranked as the team's second-leading scorer
Mississippi State University
In 2008, Twany earned a scholarship to play basketball at Mississippi State University. He played a significant role as backup point guard on a team that won the SEC conference tournament championship in 2009. Twany missed the following season with torn labrums in both hips. In the fall of 2009, he underwent two separate surgeries to repair both hips. The following season, Twany returned to the team as a full-time starter but elected to transfer midway through the season. He was an All-SEC academic honor roll performing student each semester at Mississippi State University.
University of Kentucky
Twany's dream since playing in Rupp Arena in High School was to play in front of 20,000 plus Kentucky fans every night. After driving through a snowstorm to meet Coach Cal the first time, he transferred to the University of Kentucky and joined the basketball team in January of 2011. He was ineligible to participate in the games until the following year per transfer rules but could practice with the team. In 2012, Twany was apart of the University of Kentucky's 8th National Title team. In 2013 during Twany’s senior year, he was diagnosed with two herniated discs in his back. He underwent season and career ending back surgery. Twany went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky in the spring of 2013 with a degree in Communications. He had a cumulative GPA of 3.4. He was an All-SEC academic honor roll performing student in his two and a half years at the University of Kentucky.
Twany has since then published a book titled Full Court Press - Conquering Adversity Under Pressure where he tells the story about his life as a kid and shares valuables experiences he endured. Twany spent lots of time traveling to share his story in hopes of changing lives and inspiring the youth. Twany is an active member in the community. He coaches youth basketball and does motivational speeches. He lives to see others make positive choices with their life especially the youth.
He is now the Wellness Director for the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan where he looks to bring change to the overall health and wellness of Kentucky state employees. Twany believes that all hardships put before us in life can be overcome if we believe they can and when we apply the learnings from these hardships to become the best possible person we can be.
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Read Twany's first book, Full Court Press - Conquering Adversity Under Pressure. Readers will find a heartfelt story of a young man finding his path to success.