Bullitt East coach: Derek Willis “very sure” about his decision; set to make announcement Friday

After committing to Purdue in April and then de-committing in the summer, Derek Willis vowed not to make an uninformed decision the second time around. This time, the 6-foot-8, 190-pound forward from Bullitt East High School in Mt. Washington, Ky., wanted to make sure he had every piece of information necessary to make an educated, firm commitment.

As has been previously reported by several recruiting websites, Willis will make that commitment public on Friday at 4 p.m. at Bullitt East. He’s choosing between Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville and Purdue.

“The No. 1 thing is when he de-committed from Purdue is he wanted to explore his options,” Bullitt East coach Troy Barr said. “He’s done that. He’s been to a game and all the places. He’s visited campuses, he’s met with the coaches. He’s done his research. He’s figured out where wants to go and he’s very sure about it.”

Barr, of course, would not say where Willis is going, though Peegs.com has reported that Kentucky is the favorite for Willis’s services. He did say that whoever ends up with Willis, Rivals.com’s No. 23 rated player in the Class of 2013, would be getting a skilled player who could handle multiple positions, especially if he adds bulk to his frame.

“He’s a 6-9 kid that can do a little bit of everything,” Barr said. “For us, he’s our leading rebounder. He’s one of our better 3-point shootes, he’s a shot blocker. He’s a great ball-handler. He brings the ball a lot up the floor for us. I think he can do it all at the college level. He’s a unique player even in the college game because he can put the ball on the floor on the perimeter.”

Indiana already has three verbal commitments for the Class of 2013 in forwards Devin Davis, Collin Hartman and Luke Fischer. The Hoosiers currently have all 13 of their scholarships filled for the class, though that could change depending on how they handle the fact that they are oversigned by one for the Class of 2012. Big Ten teams are allowed one oversign, but must not have more than 13 active players receiving scholarships when the school year begins.


  1. Will the Hoosier Scoop inform where he is going friday, or is there a site where you know it will be released?

  2. Caleb, IU has room for 1 more for 2013-the “over-sign”. I predict that if Willis does not pick IU, then the order for our last recruit in 2013 is Anyu then Ziegler.

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