Willis becomes a Boilermaker

Willis becomes a Boilermaker

Derek Willis exploded onto the scene this season as one of the top underclassmen in Kentucky. The 2013 prospect got attention from several schools, but it didn't take long before he picked one of them.

Derek Willis exploded onto the scene this season as one of the top underclassmen in Kentucky. The 2013 prospect got attention from several schools, but it didn't take long before he picked one of them.

At 6-foot-9, 185-pounds, most basketball players Derek Willis's age struggle to walk and chew bubble-gum. However with Derek Willis, he's completely agile and able to do many things on the court.

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

Willis got attention from Purdue, Western Kentucky and Louisville. Ultimately Matt Painter and Purdue tendered Willis's first offer and he accepted.

"I felt like they had great academics as well as a great athletic program. My family and I felt they were a great choice," said Willis.

So why did Willis make the decision to go with Purdue so early on?

"They believed in building character just as much as being a better ball player. They're going to help me become a better man while making me a better player and so forth," said Willis.

Willis says he really didn't seriously consider any other schools.

Willis will play AAU ball for the BA Hoyas this spring and summer.

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