Skip to content

Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

Derek Willis Shines in G-League Mini-Camp

Derek Willis’ season is over, but he’s still playing for his professional future.

This week the G-League held an Elite Mini-Camp to showcase players’ talents in front of NBA talent evaluators.  Willis proved in a short amount of time he can be a consistent contributor.

After averaging 11.8 points (47 FG%) and 6.8 rebounds this season for the Grand Rapids Drive, Willis posted double figures in three of four games at the mini-camp.  His best game was a 15-point, nine-rebound performance in the opener.

Willis gave all the credit to Coach Cal.  “He’s helped me prepare for this camp,” Willis told the News-Sentinel. “I can’t thank him enough.”

Willis added: “Playing at Kentucky was about the hardest thing that I have ever done in my life,” he said in a positive sense. “Every practice, it takes a lot out of you and (Calipari) demands a lot because you have five or six months to get things right.”

Calipari helped transform Willis into a professional basketball player.  Now the Kentucky kid is inching closer to an NBA contract.



Article written by Nick Roush

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

3 Comments for Derek Willis Shines in G-League Mini-Camp

  1. Bluebloodtoo
    8:48 pm May 19, 2018 Permalink

    So proud of this guy for raising his sights a little higher than they had been in the early years at UK.

  2. jahanc2uky
    8:51 am May 20, 2018 Permalink

    Willis was never a top 4 option at UK and is being paid to play basketball. Meanwhile, every other college basketball team has a hard time getting their 1-3 options basketball careers. Every in-state kid should take note.

    3:17 pm May 20, 2018 Permalink

    I walked and talked with Derek through the airport last Sunday on his way to Chicago. He looked ready and was very confident heading into the week. Glad to read this update!