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Report: Derek Willis will get NBA shot with Detroit Pistons

Kentucky forward Derek Willis (35) celebrates a three-point basket against Northern Kentucky during the first half of a first-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Kentucky forward Derek Willis (35) celebrates a three-point basket against Northern Kentucky during the first half of a first-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) AP

Former University of Kentucky forward Derek Willis has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported Thursday afternoon.

Terms of the agreement were not immediately made available. Willis tweeted, “Going to be a Detroit Piston!” soon after ESPN reported the signing.

Willis, who was not selected in last month’s NBA Draft, was a member of Detroit’s roster in the Orlando Summer League. He averaged 3.5 points, two rebounds, 1.3 assists and one steal while playing an average of 11 minutes in four summer league games.

Willis averaged 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game as a senior at UK. He shot 47.8 percent from the field, 37.7 percent from three-point range and 68.8 percent from the free-throw line.

After his senior season, he averaged 7.3 rebounds, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a pre-draft camp. He was also named MVP for the West Team at the Reese’s College All-Star Game after posting 13 points, a team-high eight rebounds, a block and a steal in 21 minutes.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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