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.