Derek Willis has found his next professional home.
Willis will sign with a German professional basketball team, according to The Kentucky All-Star Game’s Twitter page. His fiancee confirmed the news. It’s unclear what team it is, but it’s still a chance to make a good living while playing pro ball.
A 6-9, 228-pound forward native of Mount Washington, Willis played four years at Kentucky, including all 38 games (15 starts) as a senior en route to an Elite Eight finish. He averaged 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds that season.
In 103 career college games, Willis connected on 39.9 percent of his 3-point field goal attempts and hit 80.2 percent of his free throws.
Following the end of his college career, Willis signed with the Detroit Pistons in the 2017 Summer League after going undrafted. There, he averaged 3.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in four Summer League games.
Willis then signed with the Grand Rapids Drive of the G-League, where he averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 43 appearances last season. He shot nearly 38 percent from behind the three-point line.
The former Wildcat went on to play with the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2018 Summer League, though he sparingly saw the floor.
Good luck to Willis and his family in their new journey.