All about Derek Willis
Measurables (from Portsmouth Invitational): 6’8¾” with shoes; 211 pounds; 7’0½” wingspan; 8’10” standing reach; 26” no-step vertical
Hometown: Mt. Washington, Ky. (Bullitt East)
UK statistics: Averaged 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game as a senior. Shot 47.8 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the free-throw line.
Honors and superlatives: Named to the SEC Community Service Team for his contributions in the community. … Averaged 7.3 rebounds, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a pre-draft camp. … Named MVP for the West Team at the Reese’s College All-Star Game after recording 13 points, a team-high eight rebounds, a block and a steal in 21 minutes. … Made the SEC Academic Honor Roll for his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Before Kentucky: Born June 21, 1995, in Louisville. … Averaged 17.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a senior at Bullitt East. ... Averaged 18.0 points and 9.3 rebounds while leading his team to the Sweet Sixteen in Rupp Arena as a junior. ... Rivals ranked Willis as the No. 25 power forward in his class, while Scout ranked him at No. 27. ... Chose Kentucky over Indiana, Louisville and Purdue.
Willis on Twitter: @derek_willis33