Men's Basketball

35  Derek Willis
Derek  Willis


Mt. Washington, Ky.

High School:
Bullitt East

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 220




Coach Cal Press Conference Wrapup

Held at the Joe Craft Center


Wildcats Unveil Formidable Non-Conference 2015-16 Schedule

Wildcats will play 10 teams that advanced to the postseason in 2014-15, including national champion Duke


Wildcats Rank Fourth on SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll

65 UK student-athletes earn spots on honor roll


Calipari Named Adolph Rupp Coach of the Year

UK's coach earns award in addition to AP, Naismith, Sporting News and NABC Coach of the Year


This is Kentucky Basketball (March 15)

This is Kentucky Basketball


MBB vs. Notre Dame, NCAA Tournament, 032815

Men's basketball beat Notre Dame 68-66 on Saturday, March 28, 2015, to advance to the Final Four.


NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Practice and Media Session

Kentucky practices and meets with the media as they prepare to face West Virginia in the Sweet 16


MBB vs. Cincinnati, NCAA Tournament, 032115

Men's basketball beat Cincinnati 64-51 in the third round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at the KFC Yum! Center.


MBB vs, Hampton, NCAA Second Round, 031915

Men's basketball beat Hampton 79-56 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the KFC Yum! Center


MBB vs. Auburn, SECT Semifinals, 031415

Men's basketball beat Auburn 91-67 in the SEC Tournament semifinals on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Bridgestone Arena

  • Two-time All-SEC Academic team member

2014-15 (SOPHOMORE): Made the SEC Academic Honor Roll for a second straight season … Averaged career highs in minutes per game (3.9), points per game (1.3) and rebounds (0.7) … Appeared in 19 games, recording four minutes or more in eight of them … Posted 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, both career highs … Scored in seven of his first eight appearances … Logged time in three of UK’s five NCAA Tournament games … Dished out two assists vs. Auburn in the SEC Tournament … Knocked down his only 3-point attempt of the day at home vs. Missouri … Scored three points, grabbed two rebounds and blocked a career-high three shots in 11 minutes vs. UCLA … Recorded five points and a rebound against Columbia, including the go-ahead free throw with 13:18 left in the game … Scored four points, dished out an assist and grabbed a rebound in the rout of UT Arlington … Grabbed a career-high five rebounds in a career-high 12 minutes in the win over Montana State … Scored five points , including a 3-point field goal on his only attempt, in the dominating victory of No. 5 Kansas.

2013-14 (FRESHMAN): Was named to the SEC Academic team ... Appeared in 14 games as a freshman ... Poured in 16 points and added eight rebounds ... Scored a bucket and pulled down two rebounds in Kentucky's win over Georgia ... Hauled in a rebound in the win over Mississippi State ... Tallied six points, draining four free throws, in Kentucky's win over Robert Morris ... Knocked down a three and three free throws in UK's win over Northern Kentucky ... Scored two points off free throws in collegiate debut vs. UNC Asheville ... Averaged 4.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in two UK exhibition victories ... Totaled six points in 10 minutes of a win over Transylvania ... Scored two points and added four rebounds in the win over Montevallo.

HIGH SCHOOL: Scored 17.4 points and hauled in 9.4 rebounds per game as a senior ... Averaged 18.0 points and 9.3 rebounds while leading his team to the Sweet 16 in Rupp Arena as a junior ... Won two 6th Regional titles ... The first player to commit to the 2013-14 class ... Rivals has tabbed Willis as the No. 25 power forward, while Scout has him ranked at No. 27 ... ESPNU Recruiting has rated him at No. 37 at his position ... Appeared in the Derby Classic and the Kentucky-Indiana All-Stars games.

PERSONAL: Son of Trudy and Del Willis ... Born June 21, 1995 in Louisville, Ky. ... Chose Kentucky over Indiana, Louisville and Purdue.

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