Derek Willis answered the challenge given to him earlier in the week, when John Calipari broke him apart by saying he has been “so bad” defensively.
Willis responded by playing the best game of his career at Auburn, scoring 12 points and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds, as well as a block and a steal.
Afterward, Willis said it wasn’t Calipari’s words, but his dad’s words that lit the fuse underneath him. His father told him, “I know what kind of player you are, I know what you can be and all that you can do.” He also told him, “If you don’t have six rebounds, I’m going to be pissed.”
Willis doubled that number up for his old man, and the strong performance moved him toward the top of the rotation, according to Calipari.
“I was so happy for him,” said Cal. “If you ask me, he moved by all of the other bigs. That’s my opinion, but now he’s got to be consistent with it.”
It’s too bad his big day came in a loss.
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) January 17, 2016