Oct 29, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Derek Willis (35) dribbles the ball during the Kentucky Blue-White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Homegrown talent expects to surprise teammates, fans once again

If you were in attendance at Tuesday’s Blue-White scrimmage, then you know that there are simply too many weapons on this team. James Young is as consistent of a scorer as you can find. Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson would be top players in any other conference or school in America. Yet, those freshmen chose to play at Kentucky. The one surprise on the court, though, was homegrown talent. Derek Willis put on quite a show for the fans at Rupp Arena.

Yes, it was a scrimmage. But Willis was shooting lights out. He finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, with 5 three-pointers. “I think everyone was kind of surprised with my game,” Willis said. “I think Cal’s expectations definitely changed for me. He didn’t know how good I was, and he said that himself. So I feel like I might be able to fit myself within the rotation.”

Fellow Kentucky teammate Dominique Hawkins proved that he could be a factor in this team, too. With the absence of Andrew Harrison, Hawkins found the court on Tuesday and threw in 11 points and three assists. If Hawkins and Willis can prove to play with America’s best freshmen, why can’t they play with the rest of them this season?

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