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Derek Willis ejected from game, will sit out on Saturday

After being kicked out of Bullitt East’s game against Lafayette tonight for arguing with officials, UK signee Derek Willis will have to sit out two games, including Saturday’s game against Hopkinsville at the Marshall County Hoop Fest.

Willis scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds before being ejected in the third quarter (Bullitt East went on to win the game, 74-57). Willis is currently one of the favorites for Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball honor and told the Herald-Leader’s Mike Fields that he was fed up with refs not calling fouls, which led to his dismissal:

“It’s frustrating,” Willis said. “I’m getting tired of it. It’s been going on for two years, and I guess it’s not going to change. I just couldn’t take it anymore.”

Bullitt East coach Troy Barr called Willis’ actions “immature,” but said that understood his frustration, which had boiled over from the previous season: “I see a young man 17 years old that’s tired of getting beat up and pushed in the back.”

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59 Comments for Derek Willis ejected from game, will sit out on Saturday



  1. DirtyDutchMantel
    10:41 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    It will be a miracle if this kid makes it one year at uk.



  2. Ole pork chop Womack
    10:42 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’m surprised its not another post about Mitch Black Friday special mackintyre. Anybody else down for a little KSR after dark posting? – Joe B.



  3. hahaha
    10:43 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    This is not what i want to see from a future Cat. It appears his ego has taken over and has turned into a punk. Be a man a play ball. Play every game you can because you wont be playing much next year.



  4. HawkD
    10:44 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Not a fan of this kid. Met him a couple of times and he is very arrogant. Also not acceptable for a 6′ 9″ player to only be averaging in the teens when he is the only player on his team and playing against inferior competition who shouldn’t be able to guard him from 10 feet in.



  5. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    10:45 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Not a big deal. He’ll be fine.



  6. Ole pork chop Womack
    10:46 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    O man Mitch won’t like his sinning, and displaying none Christian like values. Mark him down as the beginning stages of man with unholy baggage.



  7. Ole pork chop Womack
    10:48 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Eli won’t stand for this behavior. Ban him from the campus tailgate immediately!!!



  8. ktmiln2
    10:50 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Quite a coincidence given the Herald-Leader story today about officials not calling fouls on Willis.



  9. Milescat
    10:50 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    I like the kid better now. I hope he continues to carry that fire in his belly for the rest of his career. You ever been pushed in the back multiple times in a game? He needs to have an edge…I like it!



  10. the voice of a new generation
    10:51 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    great post Tylor. You must have a health IQ with that type of journalistic wit.



  11. the voice of a new generation
    10:52 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    did you really think you were going to get rid of me. Harvtgene2.0 is here to stay!!!



  12. Tom Sellecks Mustache
    10:52 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like a Dukie to me…



  13. the voice of a new generation
    10:52 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    10 keepin it real dumb!!!



  14. BigBlueBallz
    10:53 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, and yesterday he posted on Twitter “F*ck my Dad”. A few UK fans ripped him and he has since removed the tweet.



  15. njCat
    10:53 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    OK… why doesn’t everyone just trash the kid while he’s down. He made a mistake and hopefully will learn from it. Hopefully his coach and the refs will start paying attention as well.



  16. Wow
    10:54 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Quit crying about Mitch and football, losers. Joker was a bad decision, he’s gone now, get over it. Willis will get hood minutes so this isn’t a big deal since he won’t have any influence on the outcome of any games…. Except maybe the blue/white game



  17. Chargers
    10:58 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    He is not the only player on the team. B.E. is a solid Senior club. They have been to State the last 2 years. I am sure he is the only UK signee the last for years to get called for technicals in high school………. also when you see him around Mt Washington he is not arrogant.Kid showed some fire…. he takes a beating every game



  18. UKBlue
    11:00 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Not playing good, the F my Dad tweet, now this; something is going wrong with this kid in the head. Might be time to reconsider the offer, and come up with a different plan. This kid is in no way good enough to justify this crap.



  19. Dear UL and IU fans, We are national champions; you are not. The end.
    11:04 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Again, no real UK fans bash a guy for this. He lost his temper; he’ll learn from it and move on.



  20. Delk for 3
    11:04 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    You people who keep saying this kid “is in over his head” and “will get Hood minutes at UK” are absolute morons and have no idea what you’re talking about. This kid is the real deal and will be a big-time player at UK. He is a legit 6’9″ player who is quick, can handle the rock, can shoot well, and can play defense. He will play the 3 at UK and will be able to get minutes based on his quickness, length, skills, and shooting ability. This kid is going to be pretty darn good at UK. You people who say otherwise haven’t seen him play at his best or just don’t know how to evaluate talent.



  21. kes
    11:10 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    22. You are crazy. He is playing in central ky, of course he looks good, he should! he will be lucky to get hood minutes



  22. Delk for 3
    11:11 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    I think part of the hate on this kid is mostly because he is white. Most of these people haven’t even seen him play. The kid will be a very productive player at UK. I laugh when people say he won’t play. He’s not your average big kid. He’s a big kid with a perimeter players game. He is a very good dribbler and he is pretty quick on his feet.



  23. Cal
    11:12 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Shut up and play.



  24. Delk for 3
    11:14 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    23 — You are ignorant. You have no idea what you are talking about. He plays in the city of Louisville — the sixth region with other Louisville schools. He has four or five inches on Jon Hood and will provide major length on the court with a guard’s skill set. If Kyle Wiltjer can get minutes, this kid will certainly get minutes. He will give UK outside shooting and will not be a liability on all other aspects of the game.



  25. Bardstown Rd.
    11:18 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    23 he is 10 minutes from the Louisville City limits…….. I thought we wuz a burb of the city herin Mt Warshington…. Not Central KY



  26. ktmiln2
    11:18 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    11 & 13- did someone grow up to learn how to reset their IP, or use a proxy?? I bet you’re so smart, hiding behind your 7 proxies.



  27. old_school
    11:22 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    No doubt the kid needs to grow thicker skin. As a UK recruit – he’s going to be pushed, tested and tried every game. Every big man opponent he faces this year will be looking to make a name for himself against the future UK Wildcat. Hopefully he’ll learn from this.

    As for him being the only good player on his Bullitt East team – obviously whoever thinks that has not seen that team play. They are loaded and would be a top 20 team in the state even without Willis.

    I don’t know Willis – He might be a good kid. I know he’s had a job bagging groceries like typical teens and doesn’t seem to be overly spoiled – but again – when it comes to basketball – he needs to get used to being tested the rest of his senior year.

    Every kid in Kentucky who has signed for the Cats gets tested – especially ones where there’s some question about how good he can actually be. I saw it happen to Sean Sutton. I saw it happen to Scott Padgett and I’m sure it’s happened to so many others.



  28. old_school
    11:28 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    22 – I have sinced that racial bias from folks on this site as well and hate the double standard. So many people are quick to jump on Duke’s “white players” and automatically label white kids as slow, unathletic, etc.

    I think it’s the UK fan’s current mentality that we only go after the NBA lottery picks. Well, I for one would much rather have a guy like Jordan Hulls playing point guard for UK right now than the option we have – and it has nothing to do with race.

    Good players come in all hues. For every Georgetown – there’s a Butler that’s just as good. For every St. John’s there’s a Northwestern. For every Memphis – there’s a Creighton.

    Not all of those players will make millions in the NBA – it’s a different style of play – but you can be a great college player (aka Luke Harangody – Notre Dame) and be a bust in the NBA – but that doesn’t take away from your value during your four years in college.

    I’d much rather have a Harangody for four years than a guy like Orten for one. How bout you?



  29. old_school
    11:29 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Oops – first line – second word should be “sensed”



  30. HawkD
    11:32 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    27. Top 20 in the state of Kentucky is nothing to brag about. When is the last time a kid from Kentucky lit it up in college? Chris Lofton? He plays against inferior competition most of the time. Also, did anyone ever think the reason he feels he is being fouled a lot is because he is skinny? Basketball is a physical game and if you aren’t going to hit the weight room and toughen up, then quit bitching.



  31. Ktmiln2
    11:34 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry Chris Tomlin, did i upset you too? Are you mad cause you can’t catch me? harvietjeen2.2 is still alive! Sorry i’m smarter than toy chris.



  32. Ktmiln2
    11:35 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    but you and Ratt keep trying!



  33. Hartline
    11:42 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Saw him play. He will surprise a ton of fans next year with his abilities. Not saying he’s a one and done player but given 2+ years and he will be drafted no doubt. Reason his recruiting ranking fell is because after choosing UK he decided not to participate in AAU. Go figure, I wouldn’t either if I signed with the best program in the country. Nothing left to prove to anyone.



  34. huck
    11:43 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    He needs to talk to Kenny Walker. I can’t remember many getting beat up more than him – he sure could give him some advice, in the area of fouls not getting called and most likely much much more.



  35. old_school
    11:45 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    30 – Kentucky’s lack of top talent is shear numbers. There’s a smaller pool of player in Kentucky than in states like Ohio, North Carolina, Va., Texas, Florida, etc.

    Fundamentally – kids from Kentucky and Indiana typically have a better understanding of the game and more passion for the game. Of course we may not produce the numbers of Division 1 players – but there are kids in this state who can play.

    Mack who went to Butler was a good player. George Fant down at Western is going to be a double-double kind of guy. Remy Abel up in Indiana will be a key player for them in his Junior and Senior seasons. Not every Division 1 player is going to be a superstar. Jared Polson has proven he’s capable of playing at this level and there are dozens more like him produced here every year.



  36. Go cats
    11:45 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Do any of you know anything about playing the game of basketball? Emotions run high, obviously Derek cares about his career. So it would be wise to actually see him play before making conclusions.



  37. Benhwarmer
    11:47 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    This kid will be a starter next year, on the bench that it is. I have never liked this punk kid or his dad.He and his dad grew up Louisville fans. DW is a below avg player who is playing in the bullitt county leave for god sake. Please for everyone concerned stay away and walk on at WKU or something.



  38. old_school
    11:57 pm November 26, 2012 Permalink

    Did you mean the Bullitt Co. League? It’s called the 6th Region. Not a shabby high school basketball region. Do your homework.



  39. Ryan
    12:00 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Willis is half Eskimo native-american. If that is “white” then yes, he’s white.

    But he’s clearly not pure white. You people crack me up.



  40. Ice Cream Poop
    12:24 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #39 people like you are Ice Cream Poop…. disgusting………what is obvious is you are pure 100% inbred



  41. Marvb
    12:51 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Sometimes in life and in basketball games you have to take a stand when you know you’re right. It’s a classic if you stand up you sit two games , if you don’t stand up you keep getting fouled in the back. At the next level from what I hear he’s going to be a bad ass UK player. At the next level maybe if he gets fouled too hard and they can go back and review it. Zing, 3 for our next newest cat D Will. Go Cats this week, gonna be tough, especially Notre Dame, they are currently 37-1 in home games and includes a few #1’s in there. I’m Catholic. We all need to say a prayer before the game.



  42. Marvb
    12:59 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Truth is I’m Episcopal, married to a Catholic, so it’s close. All religions UK; keep them in your prayers Zimbawbways, hootaclan, globetrotter’s, whatever. “We Pray For UK”. God Bless America and goodnight.



  43. Ryan
    1:00 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m inbred because I can spot a non pure white? Hilarious.



  44. White Rights
    1:44 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    You can take the boy out of the rez, but you can’t take the rez out of the boy. 😉



  45. Alan Cutler's Mustache
    6:46 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    He is a young kid. That being said, I sure hope he grows up a bit, by the time he gets on UK’s campus



  46. ukcatsfan2
    6:47 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Willis better get used to getting pushed in the back!

    otherwise, he will ride the pine….



  47. Dane Brammage
    7:35 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    They said the same things about Boogie; kid needs to retalliate, legally, physically – leave the verbal protests to the coaches (unless it is confident trash talk with the offender under the basket).



  48. Chris
    8:51 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Ironically, this was opening night of the high school season. 1 game, 1 ejection. I hope this doesn’t become a pattern.
    In his defense, he was “mauled” by the opponents during the Sweet 16 tournament last year, which caused him to not play well and not have flashy stats. The officials that worked this game in the Sweet 16 were questioned about the “let them play” approach that was taken in the game, as it became excessive.



  49. BLUE BLY
    9:01 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    This kid is the next Jon Hood….



  50. thegr8one
    9:23 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    This kid has no chance at making at UK. He’s a crybaby and Coach Cal will wear him out. Heck, he’s not even the best player on his team!



  51. RealCatsFan
    9:56 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Derek better get used to fouls not being called playing inside for Kentucky. Just ask the current players after the Morehead St game.



  52. Derek Willis's Ego
    10:00 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Wah I signed with UK to sit the bench for 4 years (like John Hood), I am supposed to get calls now.



  53. Rupp's Ghost
    10:19 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Whose opinion do I trust about recruits? Coach Cal and staff or the posters here? Easy answer….Coach Cal and staff!



  54. jerryh65
    10:53 am November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Second ejection in KY and your season is over. He has no choice but to play through the whistles now.



  55. UKwildcat
    12:41 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    HAWKD needs research his thoughts before commenting again, just sayin.
    Look at BE’s roster alittle closer.
    Scotty Davenport from Bellarmine was at the game last night and I am sure he is very happy with signing Rusty Troutman.



  56. ChargersMom
    2:00 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Wow! Not sure where to begin here. I don’t understand why grown men think it is okay to bash a 17 year old kid publicly? Yes, he made a mistake last night…he will get over it….I hope you do too. To imply that he is the only player on the team is a disgrace to the rest of the players. We still won our game, to a top #20 team, without Derek in the second half (by double digits). Yes, last nights game was very physical and many of us thought the refs were letting it get out of hand. Derek has always had a target on his back. He needs to learn from his mistakes (which I’m sure he already has) and let the coaches handle the refs. Instead of calling someone arrogant, how about trying to get to know them first?! Derek is shy, but that does not make in arrogant. Derek as well as his family are GREAT people!



  57. Mt. Washington Larry
    2:20 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #56 said it “ALL” If you don’t know the kid don’t say anything!!!!!



  58. ChargersDad
    2:35 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    #56 I couldn’t say it better myself. Go EAST!!! Go CATS!!!



  59. Mt. Washington Larry
    3:02 pm November 27, 2012 Permalink

    To all the negative people that are calling themselves Kentucky Fan’s, Do you think your smarter then Coach Cal, he know talent, “YOU” don’t, remember that. That all I got too say about that!!!