Willis hearing from IU, taking wait and see approach

Friday marks the beginning of a contact period for college coaches and just southeast of Louisville at Bullitt East, it could bring into focus the schools who will pursue former Purdue commitment Derek Willis.

The 6-foot-9, 210 pound forward re-opened the recruiting process in early August and according to his father, Del, he’s currently focused on preparing for his junior season of high school.

“He’s got a routine where he’s lifting weights, shooting ball every day,” Del Willis told Inside the Hall. “He’s trying to get focused and get ready for his season right now and just kind of see how the recruiting pans out as the season goes on.”

Willis, the No. 42 player nationally in the 2013 class according to ESPN.com, has already taken unofficial visits to Louisville and Kentucky in the last month

He’s also hearing from Indiana, but has not yet landed a scholarship offer from any school.

“Right now, Derek doesn’t have any offers from anybody,” his father said. “Of course the offer from Purdue was taken off the table. And that was the only offer he had. In our eyes, it was kind of a gamble for him to back off his commitment like that.”

Indiana, which already has a pair of commitments in the 2013 class, is expected to make a strong push for Willis in the coming months. The Hoosiers were in contact as recently as a week and a half ago.

“Indiana has shown some interest,” Del Willis said. “They send letters and I talked to Coach Crean a week and a half ago. It’s just a wait and see thing.”

With his proximity to the Louisville campus and strong fan interest around the state from Kentucky, speculation has pointed toward Willis ultimately picking from those two schools. That’s not necessarily the case, according to Del.

“He’s wide open,” he said. “Derek could go to any campus and take an unofficial visit and something might catch his eye with the school or the program or the facilities.”

  • Kelin Blab

    Very interesting, PU fans would go berzerk if he committed to IU.

  • Kelin Blab

    Very interesting, PU fans would go berzerk if he committed to IU.

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    Hearing a Boiler complain about something is like listening to Chopin.

  • IUeconAlum

    If Crean thinks he would fit well on the team, then lets get him. I could care less if he considered Purdue. The poor kid probably went to one of their home games and realized how mediocre it is. If he doesn’t go to IU, I’d like to see him at UofL.

  • IUeconAlum

    If Crean thinks he would fit well on the team, then lets get him. I could care less if he considered Purdue. The poor kid probably went to one of their home games and realized how mediocre it is. If he doesn’t go to IU, I’d like to see him at UofL.

  • IUeconAlum

    If Crean thinks he would fit well on the team, then lets get him. I could care less if he considered Purdue. The poor kid probably went to one of their home games and realized how mediocre it is. If he doesn’t go to IU, I’d like to see him at UofL.

  • IUeconAlum

    If Crean thinks he would fit well on the team, then lets get him. I could care less if he considered Purdue. The poor kid probably went to one of their home games and realized how mediocre it is. If he doesn’t go to IU, I’d like to see him at UofL.

  • IUeconAlum

    If Crean thinks he would fit well on the team, then lets get him. I could care less if he considered Purdue. The poor kid probably went to one of their home games and realized how mediocre it is. If he doesn’t go to IU, I’d like to see him at UofL.

  • Anonymous

    Hurray for more bigs!

  • Anonymous

    Bigs should be had in every class… this seems like a good move… but I still think #getbeejay should be the new slogan following a commit from GH… 

  • eph521

    Purdue?!  What you talkin’ bout Willis?

  • Anonymous

    He’s got 2 years before he sets foot on a college campus, he’s 16 maybe?  He’ll put some weight on.  Not out of the norm at all for a lot of these big kids.  Zeller is 6′ 11″ and was listed at 220-225 over the last couple years.  We all put weight on as we get older too.

  • Anonymous

    He’s got 2 years before he sets foot on a college campus, he’s 16 maybe?  He’ll put some weight on.  Not out of the norm at all for a lot of these big kids.  Zeller is 6′ 11″ and was listed at 220-225 over the last couple years.  We all put weight on as we get older too.

  • Anonymous

    He’s got 2 years before he sets foot on a college campus, he’s 16 maybe?  He’ll put some weight on.  Not out of the norm at all for a lot of these big kids.  Zeller is 6′ 11″ and was listed at 220-225 over the last couple years.  We all put weight on as we get older too.

  • Anonymous

    He’s got 2 years before he sets foot on a college campus, he’s 16 maybe?  He’ll put some weight on.  Not out of the norm at all for a lot of these big kids.  Zeller is 6′ 11″ and was listed at 220-225 over the last couple years.  We all put weight on as we get older too.

  • Rynefulton

    bullsanders?!?!?!?  What are you talkin about….The Willis is in the 2013 class and is 6″9 210!  It would blessing to snag him up after being a pUKe commit.  He has 2 more yrs to put on a few more pounds and he could possibly even move to the PF slot.  Especially when you look at his daily “routine” as his father put it.  If he is that focused and working that hard he could easily arrive on any campus looking like a 6″9-10 kid weighing in 225-230.  Heck, we could even use his size on our roster this season as light as we are behind CZ, CW, TP then DE.  LETS GO CTC…Snag Willis from that awful state and that will really improve the 2013 class in between the monsters that are coming to perform banner hanging time!

  • cdog

    I agree that Beejay should be our number one focus in a big man for 2013.  The key is how interested Beejay is and how strong is his relationship with Victor.  Willis is probably a more realistic option.  With the scolly limitations we have for the next couple of years, I would think Alexander in 2014 (top ten prospect) would be my second choice.  Again, Beejay and Alexander are going to be long shots as every top program wants them.  I don’t see offers coming from KY or the Ville in the near future for Willis either.  He is a safe choice.

  • Anonymous

    Alexander looks very polished for his age… To me he is a big target for the future!!! Seems pretty comfortable and aware what his position can be, along with how he can be extremely valuable to his team. From the video I watched he looked like he was a true big. No wanna be swingman small forward.

  • Anonymous

    This kid has plenty fo time to get stronger and prove himself..nobody needs to be in a hurry here.

  • Anonymous

    This kid has plenty fo time to get stronger and prove himself..nobody needs to be in a hurry here.

  • Anonymous

    This kid has plenty fo time to get stronger and prove himself..nobody needs to be in a hurry here.

  • Anonymous

    This kid has plenty fo time to get stronger and prove himself..nobody needs to be in a hurry here.

  • Anonymous

    This kid has plenty fo time to get stronger and prove himself..nobody needs to be in a hurry here.

  • Anonymous

    This kid has plenty fo time to get stronger and prove himself..nobody needs to be in a hurry here.

  • 888

    i just want him to pay kentucky back for all the talent they steal from our state. Kentucky rarely produces any basketball talent period. So when they do i hope we grabm. ha

  • 888

    i just want him to pay kentucky back for all the talent they steal from our state. Kentucky rarely produces any basketball talent period. So when they do i hope we grabm. ha

  • Anonymous

    I would love it for multiple reasons if he came to IU.  I would love to land he or BeeJay Anya in the front court for 2013 as we will need some help when Watford / Pritchard are gone.   I know Hanner and Jurkin will be there with Cody in 2012 but it would be nice to get another solid player in the paint to compliment all we have on the wings.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Alex,
    Educate me.  Everyone listed on the recruiting board has a status as: Offer.  Meaning we have offer’d a Scholy to each an every player listed for 2013 or are we just after them?  I can’t believe we would be winging out S’ships out left and right like this?
    BC

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Alex,
    Educate me.  Everyone listed on the recruiting board has a status as: Offer.  Meaning we have offer’d a Scholy to each an every player listed for 2013 or are we just after them?  I can’t believe we would be winging out S’ships out left and right like this?
    BC

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Alex,
    Educate me.  Everyone listed on the recruiting board has a status as: Offer.  Meaning we have offer’d a Scholy to each an every player listed for 2013 or are we just after them?  I can’t believe we would be winging out S’ships out left and right like this?
    BC

  • cooper

    Shows how pointless a verbal can be when its 2-3 years down the road. These kids change there mind all the time.

  • SeattleHoosier

    Funny!  Prefer Led Zeppelin, but totally get your point…

  • SeattleHoosier

    Funny!  Prefer Led Zeppelin, but totally get your point…

  • SeattleHoosier

    Funny!  Prefer Led Zeppelin, but totally get your point…

  • SeattleHoosier

    Funny!  Prefer Led Zeppelin, but totally get your point…

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