His new Kentucky teammates were getting to know each other on the court, going toe-to-toe with NBA players at the Joe Craft Center. In the heart of a hot summer, they were getting a hands-on basketball education.
Derek Willis mostly was a spectator.
“Every position was full almost,” Willis. “And whenever we’d switch off, that position would be filled. We had a lot of players to play.”
So Willis waited.
Now, he’s hoping to get in the game. And not just when No. 1 Kentucky opens its exhibition season Friday night against Transylvania.