Lost in all the Stardom from the top recruits at Kentucky, is the 6 foot 8 freshman from Kentucky, Derek Willis. Willis was the first recruit to commit to Kentucky in the 2013 class. He doesn’t exactly shy away from putting things in perspective.
A article on the Lexington Herald-Leader sat down and talked with Willis and what his goals are, where he sees himself on the team and where he sees himself in the future.
Derek Willis starts off by saying:
I knew what they (Kentucky) were about, obviously, bringing in a lot of talented players … and putting them in the NBA. I don’t think I’m that kind of player yet, but I’m going to get there. But I wanted to get on that train as soon as I could.
When I read this I said to myself “exactly!” Well exactly what? Get on the train knowing you won’t have much playing time this year and enjoy the ride. You may not be playing much but the experience of being on a great team and winning a national championship is priceless. He’ll get his playing time. It may not be this year, but learning from the guys in front of him will help immensely.
Willis continued with this:
I just have to get my body in that shape of a Julius Randle, even like a Marcus Lee. Marcus Lee is in better shape (than people think). He’s more muscular than people give him credit for…. Just overall improve my body, as well as working on basketball.
He knows what he has to do to get where he wants. Working with Julius Randle everyday will help him improve, get stronger. Going against a Julius Randle or a Marcus Lee will help him next year to where he won’t be “lost in the stardom” where in fact he will be the stardom if he puts his mind to it.