By LARRY VAUGHT
Keely Potts insists that Kentucky senior Derek Willis has a lot more personality than fans or media members see when he’s being interviewed.
“He has a personality but you don’t really see it. Behind closed doors he won’t shut up,” said Potts, Willis’ girlfriend.
Certainly not when they have their “boxing” matches.
“We hit a punching bag at boxing and then have Soc-em boxers. It gets a little crazy. I feel like I am playing with my dad when I was little. It’s like going back in time. It’s not a legit fight, but we both get into it pretty good,” Potts said.
They have even shot basketball together.
“I am terrible. So bad. Probably boosts him up. He’s a lot better than me. I just help his confidence and make him think he’s even better,” Potts laughed and said.
She knows he’s a superb card player. He was a nationally ranked Yu-Gi-Oh player. That’s a Japanese collectible card game based on the fictional game of Duel Monsters.
“I feel like he can read things. The first two years at UK, if you go back and watch you will see him on the sidelines and he knows everything that is going on and what is really going to happen. He really knows his basketball just like he does his cards,” Potts said.
His diversity does not stop there.
“Even with rock, paper, scissors and stuff like that, he likes it all,” she said.
Potts recalled a beach vacation trip where her great aunt and uncle went to a Pilates class and her and Willis went also.
“He went on opposite side of me and got so into this class. It was a lot of older women and it was like this white-haired woman was bending like crazy and Derek was getting so frustrated because she was so flexible compared to him,” Potts said.
“He kept asking how this woman could do all this and he couldn’t. He kept trying and stayed after a little bit and worked on it. He puts his heart into everything he does.”