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Kentucky’s Derek Willis pops the question on Senior Night

She said yes! Derek Willis pops the question on Senior Night

Kentucky senior Derek Willis proposed to his longtime girlfriend Keely Potts, a fellow UK senior, before the 2016-2017 regular season game in Rupp Arena.
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Kentucky senior Derek Willis proposed to his longtime girlfriend Keely Potts, a fellow UK senior, before the 2016-2017 regular season game in Rupp Arena.

Derek Willis made Senior Night memorable before the game even tipped off Tuesday night.

After being introduced during pregame ceremonies, the University of Kentucky senior dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Keely Potts.

Potts quickly accepted Willis’ proposal along with the ring the player popped open on the Rupp Arena floor.

Moments earlier, Willis was introduced to the crowd, attempted to break through the traditional Senior Night paper hoop, then gave up and walked around the hoop as the crowd chuckled.

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Seconds later, everyone in Rupp Arena new better.

Willis wasn’t the only one a little shaky.

“I don’t feel my stomach. I don’t know how I feel,” an excited Potts told a reporter afterward.

Potts, a former member of the UK dance team and a senior from Louisville, said Willis had been dropping hints about marriage, but she was still surprised in the moment.

On the UK radio postgame show, Willis said a Senior Day wedding proposal was “in the back of my mind for a while. I figured if I was going to do it, I’d do it big.”

Kentucky senior Derek Willis proposed to his girlfriend on the court during Senior Night ceremonies at Rupp Arena on Tuesday. Here's how he told the team.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari talks about Derek Willis proposing to his girlfriend on Senior Day in front of 24,036 at Rupp Arena.

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