Derek Willis is ready to set the tone on defense for Kentucky

Derek Willis - photo by Walter Cornett
Derek Willis – photo by Walter Cornett

Breaking out as an offensive contributor has spurred forward to want to have the same impact on the defensive end.

Lost in the shuffle for two years behind a parade of future draft picks, the 6-foot-9 Willis earned his way into Kentucky’s rotation as a junior and finally showed the talent that coach had insisted was always there.

Willis is a projected starter as the second-ranked Wildcats open Friday night against with another roster of young talent. The confidence in his shooting during the preseason – along with a willingness to fight for rebounds – figures to make him a part of Calipari’s developing rotations.

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