It was only inevitable that this talk surface, especially with the overabundance of talent the Kentucky Wildcats have in their front court next season. There are reports that Derek Willis is looking to transfer from UK.
Kentucky F Derek Willis weighing transfer options, per multiple sources. Not a surprise. Barely played as a freshman, will be same next yr.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) April 26, 2014
Regardless of what you think about Forde, this is probably a valid story. The big thing is that Willis has not asked for a transfer apparently and is just “weighing options”
I’d be interested to see where this talk is coming from because just last week, there seemed to be reports denying a transfer. Willis’s high school coach, Troy Barr, had this to say about a conversation with Derek’s dad.
“I spoke with his father [Monday] night and the only thing we talked about was Derek playing at Kentucky next year,” Barr said. “There have been no discussions regarding anything but him playing at Kentucky.”
Barr says Willis “knew what he was getting into” signing with Kentucky out of Mount Washington (Ky.) Bullitt East.
“We talked before he left and he knew it was going to be a struggle,” Barr said. “It is for most freshmen.”
Barr readily admits that there were times when Willis, who averaged 2.8 minutes per game, became frustrated with his playing time last season.
“I think Derek got frustrated as most freshmen do,” Barr said. “But the practices I went to, it’s not like he didn’t belong. I think it was just a lack of strength and confidence. I think he was humbled this year and he has a little bit of an attitude about it.”