Derek Willis played his best game yet at Auburn, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in 31 minutes. John Robic told reporters today that Derek’s strong performance has carried over into practice this week.
“Derek is in a great frame of mind,” Robic said. “He’s carried over in the last two days and really has done what he did there. I’m happy for him.”
One of the changes Calipari is supposedly making in practice has to be putting Derek in the starting lineup, right? Robic didn’t give us any hints about that, but did say the question now becomes whether or not Derek can keep bringing it on a consistent basis.
“Can he continue? It seems like it, but today is a different day. He’s finally rebounding the ball with two hands. He’s playing way above the rim. He made very easy plays. He made a crazy play in practice yesterday, but he just said that he lost his mind. If he can simplify things, he’s 6-9 and can stretch the defense. You’re telling me that he can go in and get anywhere from six to seven, eight, nine, 10 rebounds. I know he had 12 I think, the other day, which we needed them. That’s a big boost.”