Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Let’s Meet the Local Commits at the Derby Festival Classic

Hawkins after winning region tourney

Kentucky fans have already enjoyed the McDonalds All American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. There is one more high school all star game of interest and there are a couple of Kentucky bound players involved as well as players committed to Louisville and Indiana. The Kentucky Derby Festival Classic is tonight at 7:00 PM at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky and will feature Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins.

Kentucky has taken flack in the past from the founder of the event because of the lack of Kentucky recruits that have played in the game. The reason is that there is an NCAA rule in place that allows high school players to participate in only two all star games per year. Normally, the Wildcat recruits are playing in the McDonalds or Jordan game, leaving out the less prestigious Derby Festival Classic. And honestly, who can blame them? A five star high school recruit is going to play in the events where the competition is best and where they will get the most exposure.

I’m not taking anything away from the Derby Festival Classic. It is a great event and has showcased some big names in college basketball such as Russ Smith, Marcus Smart, Ben McLemore, Cody Zeller, Eric Bledsoe and Peyton Siva.

Let’s take a look at the bios of the local guys in tonight’s event.

Dominique Hawkins: Kentucky Wildcats

Vitals- 6’1 170 Pounds

High School- Madison Central, Richmond, Kentucky

Rivals Ranking- Three Stars

Position- Combo Guard

Derek Willis: Kentucky Wildcats

Vitals- 6’8 190 Pounds

High School- Bullit East, Mount Washington, Kentucky

Rivals Rankings- Three Stars, #25 Power Forward, #115 Overall

Akoy Agau: Louisville Cardinals

Vitals- 6’9 230 Pounds

High School- Central High School, Omaha, Nebraska

Rivals Rankings- Four Stars, #13 Power Forward, #87 Overall

Anton Gill: Louisville Cardinals

Vitals- 6’2 165 Pounds

High School- Hargrave Military Academy, Hargrave, Virginia

Rivals Rankings- Four Starts, #13 Shooting Guard, #50 Overall

Luke Fischer: Indiana Hoosiers

Vitals- 6’1- 215 Pounds

High School- Germantown High School, Germantown, Wisconsin

Rivals Rankings- Four Stars, #15 Center, #94 Overall

Devin Davis: Indiana Hoosiers

Vitals- 6’6 185 Pounds

High School- Warren Central, Indianapolis, Indiana

Rivals Rankings- Three Stars, #21 Small Forward, #127 Overall

Standford Robinson: Indiana Hoosiers

Vitals- 6’4 185 Pounds

High School- Findlay Prep, Henderson, Nebraska

Rivals Rankings- Four Stars, #16 Shooting Guard, #56 Overall

Troy Williams: Indiana Hoosiers

Vitals- 6’6 190 Pounds

High School- Oak Hill Academy, Mount of Wilson, Virginia

Rivals Rankings- Four Stars, #10 Small Forward, #47 Overall

 

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