New 'do: Derek Willis goes gray (by choice)

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - As one of the few upperclassmen on the Kentucky basketball team, it’s understandable that junior Derrick Willis may feel older than the typical 20-year old.

UK forward Derek Willis

Maybe that explains his choice of hair color. The forward showed off newly-dyed silver locks at Kentucky’s availability with the media Tuesday afternoon.

The gray ‘do followed a picture of Willis with dyed-blond hair that made the rounds on social media Monday.

“I was kind of wondering how people even got the picture,” Willis said, adding that he initially put the picture on Snapchat.

Alex Poythress could only shake his head and smile when asked about his teammate's hair.

"No comment," he said.

Willis is following in the footsteps of former teammate Willie Cauley-Stein, who dyed his hair blond after a UK loss in 2013. At the time, John Calipari said he wasn’t “the hair police.”

Cauley-Stein followed up his new look with a 6 point, 7 rebound, 9 block performance in a Kentucky win.

Willis’s play coming off the bench was one of the few bright spots for Kentucky in its 87-77 loss at UCLA in its last game. The junior forward scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 14 minutes before fouling out.

A similar performance when Kentucky hosts Eastern Kentucky Wednesday would mean that hair color, no matter what the hue, undoubtedly will matter little.

“As long as you play, it don’t matter,” Willis said.

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