Derek Willis will get a chance to make an NBA roster this year.
According to ESPN reporter Chris Haynes, Willis has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons.
Undrafted free agent Derek Willis out of Kentucky has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 20, 2017
Going to be a Detroit Piston !— Derek Willis (@derek_willis33) July 20, 2017
This is great news for Willis, who played in the NBA Summer League with Detroit, one of the few teams without a UK connection. Willis was able to make it onto NBA radars after saving his best for last in his senior season, where he recorded career highs in points (267), rebounds (205), blocks (39), assists (34) and steals (25). He averaged 5.4 rebounds on the season, including 7.3 over the last 12 games.
Willis finished his Kentucky Wildcats career with 555 points scored, 354 rebounds and 108 3-point field goals made. His career three-point field-goal percentage (.3985) ranks 12th among UK’s all-time leaders.
Good luck to Willis in his future professional journey. Hopefully it’s in the NBA with the Pistons, though there’s still a long road to making that dream a reality.