Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins aren’t McDonald’s All-Americans, but they definitely aren’t intimidated by them.
The two in-state stars are the only members of UK’s eight-man recruiting class who haven’t played on national television this month. The other six appeared in the McDonald’s Game in Chicago and the Jordan Classic in Brooklyn.
Both Willis and Hawkins acknowledged Wednesday that they might be overlooked going into next season. They’re taking a bring-it-on-approach to their first year with the Wildcats.
“We’re going to be a bulls-eye,” Hawkins said. “Everybody’s going to want to whup on us. It’s like whupping on your little brother, because we’re so young. Everybody’s going to want to beat us down, but we’re just going to have to come every day with our 110-percent game.”