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Derek Willis is Kentucky's first 2013 commit

Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:36 pm
 

By Jeff Borzello

Derek Willis’ recruitment has had several twists and turns over the past six months, and he wasn’t expected to make a new decision just yet. Last week, though, the former Purdue commit said he was ready to make an announcement.

During a press conference at Bullitt East High School (Ky.), Willis made his pledge to Kentucky.

“Kentucky was just the best fit for me and that’s why I chose them,” he said.

Willis chose the Wildcats over Purdue, Indiana and Louisville. It was reported that he narrowed his list to two schools – Purdue was the other – recently, and made up his mind a week ago.

Willis is a top-50 recruit in the class of 2013. The 6-foot-9 forward is extremely skilled and he has good inside-outside ability. He has not reached his full potential just yet, but is one of the more versatile offensive players in the class when he brings it consistently.

He is Kentucky’s first commitment in the class of 2013.

Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:20 pm
 

Derek Willis is Kentucky's first 2013 commit

Haha, from a Hoosier fans standpoint he did! Choosing between PU and UK makes me wanna vomit!
Maybe he just couldn't look past IU's 3 game losing streak. Tongue out



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Derek Willis is Kentucky's first 2013 commit

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It's always a fun game to try to predict which recruit will cause the season to be vacated.

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<br /><br />this reminds me of UL fans when teague chose UK over UL. "We didnt really want him anyway"<br /><br /><br />i mean they did have siva. and look their doing just fine, and im sure Purdue will too.<br /><br /><br />by 2013 he could change his mind and go to Purdue so be nice.<br /><br /><br />if he does ill get to say, "we didnt really want him, he was <em>only top 50</em>".<br /><br /><br />my brother asked me if i wanted to go watch him last weekend. he thought he was going to choose UL. <br /><br /><br />since he isnt ill assume he didnt have enough tattoos or cant grow a line beard yet. <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />




Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:58 pm
 

Derek Willis is Kentucky's first 2013 commit

Hoosierguy1019, hope you are right about next year's game. As a 57 year old who remembers the great IU-UK battles of the 70's and 80's, it's good to see IU digging out from the Sampson mess. I bleed blue, but basketball hasn't been the same without these two teams battling it out while both are highly ranked. I think you have a good one in Tom Crean. Of course, the better IU is, the more it will hurt the IU faithful when we kick a little Hoosier butt. Good luck the rest of the way this year.



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 9:51 pm
 

Derek Willis is Kentucky's first 2013 commit

I think Willis has more potential than Hood ever did, but at the same time i would be suprised to see Willis become a starter any time soon, if ever.  Cal is already recruiting 3 PFs ranked higher than Willis and i assume he will nab at least one of them.  And Cal being Cal, i would assume he will go out and get another PF better than Willis in 2014, and 2015.  I think the big news for UK here is that this is mud in Louisville's eye.  UofL was really going after Willis, he was supposed down to UK or UofL.  Due to a lack of schollys UofL is only signing one guy in 2012 and he is a point guard, UofL has one verbal for 2013 but he is a guard too.  Pitino will need to get some front court depth and Willis could have had a big role in Louisville's BE dogfights.



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:57 pm
 

Derek Willis is Kentucky's first 2013 commit

I guess he didn't talk to Jon Hood before picking UK.



Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:04 pm
 

Derek Willis is Kentucky's first 2013 commit

does Cal not realize Willis is white? does willis not realize Cal does not play white players. He might have to coach.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:00 pm
 

Derek Willis is Kentucky's first 2013 commit

Good  kid,has good  skill  set and  will be a great  player. No one  and done  here,3 year  guy. Sorry guys, Kentucky  is the program alot of these  top  players  want  to go. A team with  5 NCAA  titles rushes the court after beating UK. You must be a special program for that  to happen ! GO BIG  BLUE !Welcome  to BBN Derick !



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:00 pm
 

Derek Willis is Kentucky's first 2013 commit

Come on hoosier he didn't make a bad choice.
Haha, from a Hoosier fans standpoint he did! Choosing between PU and UK makes me wanna vomit! Yell Hope I never have to make a pick for a pick'em game or something that has UK and PU, Illinois and PU and UofL and UK is bad enough for me to pick! Yuck! All joking aside, UK is probably going to get on the recruiting trail late as usual and pick up some good recruits. You think the IU UK game was good this year, wait till next year! IU and UK could easily both be Top 5 teams!



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Derek Willis is Kentucky's first 2013 commit

Come on hoosier he didn't make a bad choice.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:48 pm
 

Derek Willis is Kentucky's first 2013 commit

Unless he shoots up the rankings he won't get any playing time. He went from a bad choice to worse :)



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