Willis agrees to a one-year deal with the Pistons


Kentucky Wildcats forward Derek Willis celebrates a three pointer against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday January 28, 2017 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff

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After spending the summer playing for the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Orlando Summer League, Derek Willis will reportedly sign a one-year deal with the Pistons for the upcoming NBA season.

Willis went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft after averaging seven points and playing an important role for UK his senior season. Willis played in four of Detroit’s five summer league games, where he averaged 3.5 points a game.

Willis’ best game for the Pistons was in his second appearance, where he tallied eight points and three assists while shooting 3-5 from the floor (2-4 from three).

Willis joins the Pistons team that just missed making the playoffs last year, as they were four games behind the eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls. The details of Willis’ contract have yet to be released.

Willis becomes the first of the five undrafted Cats to announce his professional basketball intentions for next season. Isaiah Briscoe, Dominique Hawkins, Mychal Mulder and Isaas Humphries all played on summer league rosters but have yet to sign with an NBA or overseas team.