As the Kentucky’s 2018 Draft Class is making headlines, Derek Willis is making a move of his own.
The Big Blue Nation’s second-favorite Bullitt County native (behind Shannon the Dude, of course) will play in the NBA Summer League with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Sportando. The news comes just a day after Willis celebrated a birthday.
Undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, Willis played his first year of professional basketball for the Grand Rapids Drive, the Detroit Pistons’ G-League affiliate. The former Kentucky forward averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and made 47 percent of his shots (37.6% 3FG) last year.
The Pelicans have transformed into the PeliCats over the last year. Anthony Davis was joined by DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller before the start of the 2018 NBA season. If Rondo and Cousins re-sign, and if Willis earns a roster spot, that’s six Wildcats on one NBA team. Time to move to New Orleans.