Willis selects Kentucky

Top 35 junior Derek Willis selected Kentucky on Friday at a press conference at his high school.

Derek Willis had originally planned to hold off on making his college decision until next year.

This past weekend the Mount Washington (Ky.) Bullitt East standout decided to scrap those plans and make his choice public.

On Friday at a press conference at his school, Willis, Scout.com's No. 33 prospect in the 2013 class, announced his commitment to John Calipari and Kentucky.

"Kentucky was just the best fit for me and that's why I chose them," Willis told a crowd of supporters.

Willis, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound power forward, picked Kentucky over strong interest from Purdue, who at one time he was committed to, Indiana and Louisville. He took visits to all four schools that were involved.

"I had it in my mind a month earlier and I just wanted to come out with it now," Willis said.

"The best players in the nation play [at Kentucky] and I wanted to join them."

Kentucky currently has a pair -- Jon Hood and Darius Miller -- of top 100 players on their roster from the state of Kentucky. Hood was the last top 100 prospect from the Bluegrass State to commit to Kentucky.

Known for his skill and versatility, Willis has a great set of hands, runs the floor with ease and can score it in a variety of ways. His shot extends to 22-feet, he has a quick release and he's capable of crafty finishes around the basket with either hand.

A four-star prospect, Willis is ranked No. 33 overall in the 2013 recruiting class.

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