Derek Willis was 1-for-1 before the start of his final home game at Rupp Arena.
The Kentucky forward, being honored pregame for senior night festivities. The standing ovation watched as Willis got down on one knee and purposed to his girlfriend.
Willis came out of high school as the No. 115 player in the Class of 2013. That was the same recruiting class that included Julius Randle, James Young, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, and the Harrison twins.
Willis is a a Kentucky native, who wanted to play for Kentucky, so he accepted a limited role through his first two seasons. As a senior, he’s averaging 7.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
It’s been a good week for senior big men. Days earlier, Indiana’s Collin Hartman got engaged to his girlfriend in front of the Assembly Hall crowd.