UK signee Derek Willis headlines Derby Festival Classic rosters

February 26, 2013 

Former Bullitt East forward Derek Willis. The University of Kentucky signee is workout out at UK and practicing with the Kentucky All-Stars.

PHOTO BY TIMOTHY D. EASLEY — Lexington Herald-Leader

University of Kentucky signee Derek Willis and University of Louisville signees Anton Gill and Akoy Agau headline the rosters announced Tuesday for the 40th annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

The game is scheduled for Friday, April 19, in Louisville's Freedom Hall.

Willis, from Bullitt East High School, is the first UK signee in the game since Stacey Poole in 2010.

Willis will play for the black team, opposite the two Louisville signees on the white squad. Four players committed to Indiana — Devin Davis, Luke Fischer, Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams — join Willis on the black team.

The game also includes three McDonald's All-Americans in Jabari Bird (California), Jarell Martin (LSU) and Keith Frazier (undecided).

"It is great to have players committed to Indiana, Kentucky, and Louisville," said Mike Gandolfo and Keith Conrad, the event's co-recruiting chairs, in a news release. "We were able to select and attract many of the best players in the country to complete the roster. The 2013 class is loaded with really good players who will put on a great show."

The nation's oldest high school basketball all-star game has featured such players as Jamal Mashburn, Rex Chapman, Moses Malone, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Eric Bledsoe, Deron Williams and Nolan Smith, among others.

Tickets are $11 and $16 and are available at TicketMaster locations and or can be obtained by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or from the Freedom Hall box office at (502) 367-5144.

The players will also participate in the Night of Future Stars on Thursday, April 18, at Floyd Central High School. Admission is free with a ticket to the Derby Festival Basketball Classic. The event includes slam-dunk, 2-on-2 and three-point shooting competitions in addition to an autograph session.

Derby Classic rosters

White Team

Player Pos Ht Wt College

Akoy Agau C 6-9 220 Louisville

Conner Frankamp G 6-1 165 Kansas

Keith Frazier G 6-6 192 Undecided

Anton Gill G 6-4 180 Louisville

Jarell Martin F 6-8 215 LSU

Jordan Mickey F 6-7 210 LSU

Robert Hubbs G 6-4 170 Tennessee

Jajuan Johnson F 6-5 180 Marquette

Rysheed Jordan G 6-3 175 Undecided

Austin Nichols F 6-8 193 Memphis

Coaches: AW Hamilton, Hargrave Military Academy (Va.); Jeff Jones, Madison Preparatory Academy (La.)

Black Team

Player Pos Ht Wt College

Jabari Bird G 6-5 190 California

Stevie Clark G 5-8 160 Oklahoma St.

Devin Davis F 6-6 190 Indiana

Tyler Ennis G 6-2 175 Syracuse

Luke Fischer C 6-11 210 Indiana

Zakarie Irvin F 6-7 180 Michigan

Stanford Robinson G 6-3 175 Indiana

Sindarius Thornwell G 6-4 175South Carolina

Troy Williams F 6-6 180 Indiana

Derek Willis F 6-9 200 Kentucky

Coaches: Troy Barr, Bullitt East (Ky.); Paul Melnik, Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

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