Joventut closes its squad with Derek Willis

The American power forward (26 years old and 2.06 meters) arrives from the Italian Happy Casa Brindisi. It is the fourth and last incorporation of the club.


Power forward Derek Willis, 26 years old and 2.06 meters, will play for Club Joventut Badalona the following season after the agreement reached with the American, who arrives from Brindisi of the Italian Lega.

"The Joventut Badalona Club already has the fourth reinforcement for next season: It is Derek Willis, power forward from Happy Casa Brindisi in Italy, who has signed for one year," the club announced.With this "exciting" addition, the green-black team "closes the squad" to face the 2021/22 campaign, again with Carles Duran as coach and with the new faces of Willis, Guillem Vives, Brandon Paul and Andrés Feliz.

Born in Louisville (Kentucky, United States), he is a "very complete" power forward who, according to 'Penya', is characterized by being a good shooter, a great defensive rebounder, by running on the counterattack and providing a lot of energy to his teams .

Derek Willis' career

He began his career on his hometown varsity team, the Kentucky Wildcats, one of the most prestigious NCAA teams in the United States. His college days lasted four years (2013/17), until he joined the ranks of Grand Rapids Drive, an affiliate team of the Denver Nuggets in the NBA G League (2017/18) .

With his experience in the United States over, Willis headed to Europe, where he played for two German teams: BG Göttingen (2018-19) and Ratiopharm Ulm (2019-20). With the latter, he played the 7DAYS EuroCup under the orders of Jaka Lakovic, contributing 13.1 PIR, 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Last season he was an important piece of the Italian Happy Casa Brindisi, where he played the Legabasket Serie A and the Basketball Champions League. In the domestic competition, the American had 10.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game; in Europe, 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds on average.

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