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Derek Willis Participated in Today’s Shootaround

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The Kentucky Wildcats desperately need Derek Willis to return to action.  We saw them struggle Saturday against Vandy.  Heading down the stretch, they need his scoring and his ability to space the floor to create momentum heading into postseason play.

It seemed unlikely that he would play tonight in Gainesville after Calipari said yesterday, “He’s getting closer.  I doubt if he plays tomorrow, but he’s going up and down (the court).”  During today’s shootaround he went up and down the court, took shots and took contact in the post.

If you don’t believe me, look for yourself, thanks to KYWildcatsTV’s video and Periscope.

Willis looks good moving around without the boot, but we won’t know with certainty if he will play until just before tip-off.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for Derek Willis Participated in Today’s Shootaround



  1. Captain Wildcat
    1:33 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    Is Tyler hitting shots?



  2. RUPPS.rhetoric
    1:36 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    Encouraging for Willis. Full contact; have to think he might play. Also; it appears its another T-Shirt night on the road in the SEC. We are single-handedly keep T-Shirt companies alive and well in the South.



  3. TorpedoVegas
    1:47 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    A most impressive heal time.



  4. Dizzyd2k3
    1:57 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    But wait… with the swelling Willis had post-injury and my medical degree from ImaginaU, he should’ve been out for the season!!!



  5. Suffering Fools
    2:07 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    Hope he doesn’t come back too early and reinjure himself. We’ll need him more in a few weeks than we need him now.



  6. BobKYCats
    2:07 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    Whether he plays or not, it still is great just seeing him back on the floor.



  7. Dave93
    2:21 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    I say don’t play him unless we are really missing shots tonight.



  8. ericwilson54
    2:33 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    Looks as if the Gators have their own version of Big Bertha up in the rafters. Love seeing Willis back in action.



  9. theWilkman
    2:52 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    If he isn’t ready to go there’s no reason to bring him back. We could definitely use him but I’d rather lose the next 2 without him and have him healthy for the tournament than risk reinjury



    • theWilkman
      2:52 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

      That being said, if he’s out there banging in warmups and practice without any issue then let’s go!



  10. UK Big Board Update
    7:13 pm March 1, 2016 Permalink

    Amazing to see him shooting, considering his muscle was pulled from the bone!