Interesting nugget from the C-J’s Jody Demling this morning about junior star Derrick Willis. Willis has been getting serious looks from Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue, and Indiana, and had a chance to visit all 4 schools in one way or another this weekend. He chose to attend Louisville’s Red-White scrimmage and Indiana’s Hoosier Hysteria, while also visiting practices at UK and Purdue. And he had some interesting comments, especially about our rivals up the road:
“It was a lot of fun to watch (the scrimmage). I was a little disappointed in the turn out by the fans, but other than that it was just fine.”
Whoops. Whether or not you agree with the big spending on UK’s Midnight Madness, there is a method to that strategy. Wheras Kentucky’s event, and many others across the country, are over-the-top and about more than basketball, Louisville choose to just have a scrimmage. The turnout to those 2 events proves which one was more fan friendly. The official attendance at the scrimmage was just over 11,000. That is barely 50% capacity at the Yum Center. Kentucky could have filled up a 50,000 seat stadium if they wanted to.
But besides that, Willis had these comments about the other schools he visited:
Indiana: “It was real entertaining and I had a really good time. I like the tradition and they have fans that are really behind the team. I liked it a lot.”
Purdue:”I saw the weight room, talked to the strength coach and watched them practice a little. They showed us around and we hung out a little.”
Kentucky: “It was good. I got to see some real talented players.”
Willis had committed to Purude before backing off of that earlier this year, but his comments since that time still seem to suggest Purdue is high on his list. He doesn’t list any favorites, but the Boilermakers would be the leaders if he was to list one.
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