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Derek Willis signs with German pro team

Derek Willis is headed back to Germany. The former Cat just signed a two-year contract with Ratiopharm Ulm in the Basketball Bundesliga, Germany’s pro league.

Last year, Willis played for fellow German club BG Göttingen, averaging 12 points and 5 rebounds. This summer, he played for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Summer League, averaging 6.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game.

I always love learning about overseas teams, so what can Derek and his wife Keely expect out of their new home? Here’s Ratiopharm Arena, which seats 6,200:

Their club band is Fättes Blech:

And their mascot is Spass the rabbit:

Ulm itself is beautiful (coincidentally, I stayed there for a few nights in college with a friend’s sister and her boyfriend, who played for the pro team). The downtown is dominated by Ulm Minster, a Gothic cathedral with the tallest steeple in the world (529.95 feet):

Ulm is also the birthplace of Albert Einstein. You can see this memorial to him downtown:

Neat. Congrats, Derek!



Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

3 Comments for Derek Willis signs with German pro team

  1. UKinIN
    10:23 am July 22, 2019 Permalink

    Spass the Rabbit would be a good band name.

  2. UK Big Board Update
    10:42 am July 22, 2019 Permalink

    I. LIKE. BIG. BUTTRESSES, and I cannot lie!

  3. Fly Cat
    11:30 am July 22, 2019 Permalink

    Einstein sculpture looks more like Randall Flagg. But that’s okay.