LEXINGTON, Ky. — It made John Calipari’s jaw drop during his postgame press conference and Sacha Killeya-Jones appear to say “no f****** way.”
It’s OK, Sacha. It’s what everyone was thinking.
Derek Willis… HAVE MERCY! pic.twitter.com/tsFY29Py8K
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 22, 2017
Kentucky senior Derek Willis’ posterizing punisher over South Carolina’s Sedee Keita might wind up on a few highlight reels Saturday night into Sunday morning.
“That play’s probably going to be on (SportsCenter) Top 10,” Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins said.
Hawkins dished to Willis, who gathered in the middle of the lane and finished with a right-hand flush over Keita’s outstretched arms. It was the play of the night in the Cats’ 85-69 victory over the Gamecocks at Rupp Arena.
Willis was Kentucky’s third leading scorer with 12 points on 50 percent shooting, but the monster slam made 10 of the 12 look forgettable.
Calipari started to get asked a question about Willis’ improved play, but he cut it off to first point out the dunk.
“How about Derek’s dunk?” Calipari asked followed by a wide-mouthed look of shock. “I mean, that was crazy.”
Willis is one of the old men on the team, but Hawkins knew his fellow senior still had some hops.
“I definitely knew he had that in him but it’s rare to see Derek just spring up like that and dunk on somebody,” Hawkins said.
And while the slam made the bench spring to its feet, cause some choice language from Killeya-Jones and even surprise Calipari, Willis might’ve been the least impressed.
“It was an open lane,” he said. “I went up and it was just one of those plays that happened.”
“I’m sorry I’d be more energetic,” Willis said to follow up. “I’m really tired though.”