By LARRY VAUGHT
Finally Derek Willis had a chance to explain his late missed free throw at Mississippi that resulted in a rebound for Isaiah Briscoe that gave him only the third triple-double in UK basketball history.
“Zay had said something after I think we had lost the ball. The ball had went out of bounds and we ended up getting the ball back. He said something about how he needed another rebound and I don’t know what happened. But yeah, I guess I was shooting free throws and just pointed at him to go that way (left) and then I just tried to bank it and missed real bad and it kicked out to him so he could get a triple-double,” Willis said.
Simple enough. It worked perfectly. So does Willis actually practice missing a free throw intentionally?
“Honestly, I didn’t even really know what happened, but I was like I’ll try and do what I can. Just had a good bounce and got to him,” Willis said.
Late in a game if UK needs a missed free throw, maybe Willis is the player Kentucky needs at the line.
“I kind of thought about that. We’ve been practicing free throws a lot too, and I was almost thinking about practicing missing free throws, because we’re practicing making them. I don’t know, it could be a circumstance of where at the end of the game you want to hit it at the right point to get it back. It could be a thing,” Willis said.