Willis a talented sophomore

Willis a talented sophomore

Bullitt East forward Derek Willis may be one of the best young players around and is clearly one of Kentucky's top prospects regardless of class. Scout Kentucky Preps caught up with Willis recently and here's what he had to say.

Bullitt East forward Derek Willis may be one of the best young players around and is clearly one of Kentucky's top prospects regardless of class. Scout Kentucky Preps caught up with Willis recently and here's what he had to say.

Derek Willis isn't your typical 15-year-old. Willis is 6-foot-8, 185-pounds. Willis is also not your typical 6-foot-8 high school basketball player who lumbers up and down the court. Willis is a skilled prospect who can play multiple roles at the high school level.

"I can play anywhere on the court and I can shoot well for being tall," said Willis. "My passing and my shooting are my strengths," he continued.

Wills knows there is a lot of room to improve as a player, especially at his age.

"I am working on every part of my game to get better. There's always something you can work on," said Willis.

Bullitt East and Willis have won 13 straight games and on the season Willis is averaging 11 points and nine rebounds a game. Willis has been very effective this season.

"I think I have played to my coaches expectations and I have stepped up when my team needed it," said Willis.

Willis has stepped up enough to receive attention from a handful of college programs, including some high majors.

"Purdue, Vanderbilt and Louisville (are recruiting me)," said Willis. "I have been to Purdue once and plan on going on another unofficial visit. I recently attended the Louisville versus Pittsburgh game."

Last night another team made their debut watching Willis as they took on district opponent Iroquois. Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua was on hand to witness their post season victory.

As long as Willis continues to develop, Louisville, Kentucky, Purdue and several other programs will stay in touch.

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