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Derek Willis’ dad gave us an exclusive scouting report on this year’s team

This morning, Del Willis, Derek Willis’ father, called in to the show to give us some exclusive scoop on this year’s team, which he’s watched during the various father/son camps and workouts. According to Del, the 2016-2017 Wildcats are already off to a great start.

“They’re already starting to build a little bit of chemistry,” Del said. “The perimeter guys, the guard play, I think is going to be exceptional this year where, the fact that we didn’t quite click last year, but this year, I think they’re going to click pretty well just because you see that camaraderie already within the team.”

(I would argue that Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray clicked pretty well last season, but if this year’s guard play is going to be even better, well, bring it on.)

Del was particularly impressed by the freshmen, who he said are hungry and humble.

These new kids that came in, they’re eager to learn. I don’t see a lot of big egos out there. They just seem like kids that are excited — it’s like they’re at summer camp, I think. They’re excited to be away from home, glad to be there, and the way they interacted with the campers, too, said a lot about them for me, because they were really trying to make it enjoyable for the young kids.”

What about Derek? Is he ready to overcome a rough summer to build on a breakout season?

“I think he’s definitely ready to go. His shot looks so much more confident this year. As you know, in the past, it seemed like Derek could be a little hesitant on shooting open shots, and I don’t think that’s going to be the case at all this year. I think he’s going to be a lot more assertive when it comes to shooting the ball. He just seems like a different player, you can tell by the way he conducts himself around the guys. It’s just more confidence, he just seems more sure of himself.”

Thanks to Del for the scoop. We’ll take as much as we can get.

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6 Comments for Derek Willis’ dad gave us an exclusive scouting report on this year’s team

  1. @GoCayts
    11:56 am July 1, 2016 Permalink

    Ulis and Murray each had a great year, but I agree that Ulis/Murray/Briscoe looked a little awkward more often than not causing a lot of resets where Ulis had to try to make something happen at the end of the shot clock. It’s great having them all here early (remember Murray came late) and if Del says Fox/Monk/Briscoe look good together, then I’m really glad to hear that.

  2. 2thepoint
    1:34 pm July 1, 2016 Permalink

    I had forgotten about Murray coming in late which showed early on. There is merit to everyone being there early.

  3. blueballs80
    5:01 pm July 1, 2016 Permalink

    I thought our guard play was good last year. Ulis and Murray def clicked. Briscoe had issues with his shot otherwise I think they all got along pretty decently.

    Now we just have to see how this team pans out in the regular season against quality competition.

  4. StuckinLville
    11:22 pm July 1, 2016 Permalink

    Yeah but it took a while for them to click because Murray didn’t get on campus until August and I think that’s what he means.

  5. Kevin C
    11:59 pm July 1, 2016 Permalink

    “You’d have to be drunk outta yer mind ta bet against these boys”

  6. King Ghidora
    6:33 am July 2, 2016 Permalink

    Murray didn’t understand how to let the game come to him early on like he did later. He forced too many shots. But he certainly made up for that later on. He was phenomenal. The problems with that team had little to do with guard play. A consistent inside threat was the problem. Lee and Alex both looked great at times. And so did Skal. But none of them were consistent enough. When your leading rebounder shoots 46% from the FT line there’s a problem. When your second leading rebounder had just one more rebound than a guy who was a PG in high school there’s a problem. And he only had 6 more than another high school PG. When your center has around 70 fewer rebounds than those 2 high school PG’s there’s a problem.

    I fully expect those numbers to right themselves this year. The front court looks to be more consistent from this early vantage point.