By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky freshman Derek Willis had 21 points in UK’s Blue-White Game and earned himself an early spot in John Calipari’s playing rotation in the exhibition game against Transylvania Friday night.
Willis was 2-for-3 from 3-point range and had six points in 10 minutes. However, he didn’t get a rebound, steal or assist — or even commit a foul — and left Calipari frustrated with his overall play. The coach was also not happy with freshman Dominique Hawkins, who threw a terrific lob pass to Jon Hood for a dunk in the second half. Hawkins missed his only shot, made two turnovers and had one assist in 12 minutes.
“They didn’t perform as well as they have been in practice and what they did in that scrimmage. When the other team did some things that confused them a little bit, they didn’t perform,” Calipari said. “Derek gave up more than he scored. He scored a couple baskets, but he gave up like 11 points. You can’t give up 11 and score 4. You can give up 11 if you score 20. You can’t score 6 and give up 11. You can’t be in the game.”