Willis commits to Kentucky

Versatile 6-9 forward Derek Willis committed to the Kentucky Wildcats during a press conference at his school this afternoon.

Derek Willis made his college decision public today. During the press conference at his high school, Bullitt East, he announced that he would play his college basketball at Kentucky.

Willis said, "Kentucky is just the best fit for me and that's why I chose them."

The 6-9 junior forward also considered Louisville, Indiana and Purdue. Willis committed to Purdue last spring, but then rescinded the commitment in August. At that point the Wildcats became involved with Willis and made a an impression on Willis.

Willis said in his press conference that he feels that Kentucky offers him the best opportunity to achieve his goals, alluding to Calipari's ability to develop players and challenge them to improve.

Willis has a great deal of upside. According to Scout's Evan Daniels, who has seen Willis play many times, Willis is a very versatile player.

Daniels said, "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."

Willis is a long way from maxing out his potential. In an era where 19 year old seniors are common, Willis is a mere youngster, he will not turn 17 until next summer. At 16 Willis may not have finished growing, and could arrive at Kentucky taller than his current 6-9.

Willis is currently rated 33rd by Scout in the class of 2013. This puts him in the high four star range, and just a few spots away from the lofty five star territory.


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