Derek Willis is on the move. After a season in Italy, the former Cat signed a one-year deal with Club Joventut Badalona in Spain. “La Penya” plays in the Liga ACB and Eurocup, and is one of only three teams that has never been relegated from the top division of the Spanish League.
“It’s been a dream of mine to play in Spain since starting my European career,” Willis wrote on Instagram. “And I can’t think of a better place to start! I am more than grateful for this opportunity to wear this jersey with @penya1930 and represent the city of Badalona! My family and I can’t wait to meet you all.”
After graduating from Kentucky in 2017, Willis signed with Grand Rapids Drive in the G-League. In 2018, he headed overseas, playing for BG Gottingen and Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany. Last year, he played for Happy Casa Brindisi in Italy’s Serie A, averaging 10.7 points and 8.1 rebounds.