LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari says senior forward Derek Willis won’t miss any game time despite his June arrest for public intoxication.
A Boone County deputy arrested Willis in Union on June 11 after finding him asleep and lying outside the open driver’s side door of a car. The arrest citation said the deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Willis, who had slurred speech when awakened. Willis was arrested for a first and second offense and released after posting $50 bond.
Calipari wouldn’t say Thursday what disciplinary steps were taken against Willis, who averaged career bests of 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds last season. The coach says the scrutiny his arrest drew illustrates his point to players that “being here, you can’t talk your way out of it.”