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Derek Willis has learned to make different choices if he wants to play more

By HAL MORRIS, Advocate-Messenger Derek Willis had his eyes opened last year, and now he’s ready make everyone else do the same this season. The Kentucky forward saw little action as a freshman, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds in 14 games. Those numbers helped fuel transfer rumors in the offseason, but Willis let everyone …

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Transfer rumors were “annoying” to Derek Willis

By HAL MORRIS, Advocate-Messenger If there was ever any doubt Derek Willis was going to remain a Wildcat, he squashed it right away when transfer rumors started over the summer. “It was a false statement of course, and it was really annoying,” he said. But how does Willis think the rumors got started? “People just …

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Photos from UK Men’s Basketball Photo Day 2014

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Video: Highlights from Kentucky’s 93-57 win over the Puerto Rico national reserves

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John Calipari’s major concern now is developing players and getting them better

By LARRY VAUGHT With all the options he could have with his talented and deep roster, Kentucky coach John Calipari has one primary motive as his team prepares to start a six-game exhibition trip Sunday to play three veteran teams in the Bahamas. “I worry about developing individual players. How do we get each one …

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Kentucky men’s basketball program honored by NABC for Team Academic Excellence

For the second-consecutive season the Kentucky men’s basketball program was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for team academic excellence. The second annual Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics to recogne outstanding academic achievement, selected 125 colleges and universities with cumulative team grade-point average of 3.0 or better …

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Derek Willis has no regrets over not being redshirted last season

By LARRY VAUGHT When all the rumors surfaced that freshman Derek Willis might be contemplating a transfer from Kentucky, his former high school coach at Bullitt East quickly denied it. “I watched his body language on the bench and just like any freshman, if you are not a superstar like you were on your high …

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Derek Willis knows he must “dedicate” himself more to basketball, prep coach denies transfer speculation

By LARRY VAUGHT During a conversation with Kentucky freshman Derek Willis during the NCAA Tournament, he said “without a doubt for sure” when asked if he had become a better player during his first year with UK. He also stressed he already knew what he had to do during the offseason. “I am just going …

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