A flood of the Big Blue faithful will be piling into Bullitt East High School in about three hours for Derek Willis’s announcement. Barring a complete miracle by Rick Pitino or one of the two Big 10 schools, all of the UK fans in attendance should be leaving the high school with a big smile on their faces.
There isn’t a single person who covers high school basketball, watches basketball, or has even heard of basketball, who thinks Derek Willis will pick any school but Kentucky. Everyone — I mean EVERYONE — is picking the Cats. Willis made up his mind early last week, he’s supposedly deadset on the decision, and it’s quickly becoming Louisville’s worst secret since Tim Sypher’s afternoon drive to Cincinnati.
If he does indeed choose to attend the University of Kentucky, Derek Willis will be the first commitment for John Calipari in what could turn out to be his most talented recruiting class ever. 2013 is absolutely loaded with talent and UK is in good shape with four of the top six players in the country, plus Willis. The 6-foot-8 kid from Mt. Washington is a top 25 player with the tremendous upside and, more importantly, he’ll fill the much-needed “Kentucky boy” role on Cal’s roster for years to come.
Three hours away.
I don’t want you to get your hopes up. But get your hopes up.