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Derek Willis knows he has to regain edge, show he wants to play more

By LARRY VAUGHT Sophomore Derek Willis was 0-for-2 from the field with two turnovers and one assist at Alabama. However, he said Monday he was glad to get the chance to play five minutes but was nervous. “I was a little tense out there. I haven’t really gotten a lot of experience in the games …

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Derek Willis has to “step on the gas” to play more

By LARRY VAUGHT Sophomore Derek Willis got a chance to play at Alabama and UK coach John Calipari said Monday he’s “got to really step on the gas” if he wants to play more. “And it’s hard when you haven’t been playing to come in and spend extra time and not know if you’re gonna …

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Derek Willis says Cats will be “hyped” for North Carolina

By LARRY VAUGHT Derek Willis has not watched North Carolina play this season. “I only watch us. It’s the only team I care about,” said Willis after Wednesday’s win over Columbia. However, the sophomore did not try to downplay the significance of Saturday’s home game with North Carolina. “We definitely get more hyped up for …

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Despite problems, John Calipari still “happy” with his team

By LARRY VAUGHT Not only did Kentucky coach John Calipari question his team’s energy against Columbia Wednesday, but he also thought Columbia was tougher inside than his team in the first half. What could that mean Saturday when a much more potent team, North Carolina, comes to Rupp Arena? “We just got to keep our …

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Derek Willis takes advantage of his opportunity to play

By KEITH TAYLOR, Winchester Sun LEXINGTON — Derek Willis isn’t a professional basketball player, but has developed the mentality of one on the Kentucky bench. “The bigs in the NBA don’t play (a lot),” he said. “Guys are working out until an hour before the game and putting in an hour after the game as …

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John Calipari has no plans to redshirt Derek Willis or Dominique Hawkins

By LARRY VAUGHT LEXINGTON — Sophomores Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins know even in a platoon system that their minutes are going to be limited on this year’s Kentucky team because of the abundance of talent and experience that coach John Calipari has. In Monday’s Blue-White Game, Hawkins was just 1-for-5 from the field and …

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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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