Former Kentucky forward Derek Willis has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons after going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Willis was a rare four-year player for the Wildcats.
As a senior, he averaged a career high 21.8 minutes per game, scoring seven points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.
The 6-foot-9 forward was never a star at Kentucky, but he is still getting a shot at the NBA.
ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports that he agreed to a one-year deal with the Pistons.
Undrafted free agent Derek Willis out of Kentucky has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 20, 2017
Kentucky had three players taken in the NBA Draft, all in the first half of the first round. Point guard De’Aaron Fox was selected No. 5 overall by the Sacramento Kings, Malik Monk went 11th to the Charlotte Hornets, and Bam Adebayo went 14th to the Miami Heat.
Two of Willis’ other Kentucky teammates are yet to sign NBA contracts. Isaiah Briscoe played in summer league with the Philadelphia 76ers, while Isaac Humphries played for the Washington Wizards. Neither player was taken in the NBA Draft.