Willis enjoys trio of trips

Four-star power forward Derek Willis had a busy weekend seeing three area schools.

One of the busiest prospects this weekend was Derek Willis. The four-star class of 2013 power forward made a trio of unofficial visits. In order Willis visited Louisville, Purdue, and closed it out with a trip to Indiana. While hectic, it was a good weekend for Willis.

"It kind of wore me out a little bit, but I got to do it with my parents," said Willis. "It was fun and I really enjoyed it."

Living in suburban Louisville, Willis has seen the Louisville campus quite a bit. On the visit he had a good time, and liked what he saw from the team.

"UL on Friday was pretty fun," said Willis. "After the scrimmage we sat down and talked to Coach (Rick) Pitino for a little bit. It was in the recruiting area, all the recruits were there. The atmosphere was fine. I thought there were more people there, but it was still fun. The players there were all real athletic and talented. I think Peyton Siva is going to have a good season."

On Saturday morning, Willis then made the trip north to West Lafayette to check out Purdue. A onetime commitment to the Boilermakers, Willis took a closer look at the school.

"Purdue they had a lot of new renovations they didn't have them finished the last time I was there," said Willis. "The first time I was there I really didn't know what to look for. I watched their practice and I thought it was kind of cool. This time I got into more detail, and I sat down and watched practice and looked for the little things about the school."

Finally he closed out his visit tour with a trip to Indiana. The Hoosiers had over 16,000 fans in the stands for the event, and that atmosphere impressed Willis quite a bit.

"Indiana was real entertaining it was real fun," said Willis. "Their fans were really into it. When we first got there, Gary Harris showed up and they were chanting his name, thought that was cool. The whole atmosphere was pretty cool."

Along with those three schools, Willis also has an offer from Kentucky and Bellarmine, and is hearing from several others schools including Illinois.

For now Willis says he is taking everything slowly and is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I don't plan on committing any time soon, commit and sign next year after the high school season," said Willis. "I am just trying to enjoy everything."

For now when talking to coaches and taking visits, Willis says one thing stands out above all others when he is sorting through the schools.

"I am looking most at the head coach," said Willis. "I have to trust him and want to know if he and his coaching staff will push me to be the best player that I can be."

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