Derek Willis Named “Player of the Game” for Grand Rapids Drive on Monday Night

With 25 points, Derek Willis was named “player of the game.” Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published December 5, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Combined two American Indian players scored 34 points for the Grand Rapids Drive, a NBA G League team, affiliated with the Detroit Pistons, on Monday night at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Derek Willis (Southern Arapahoe, Pawnee & Creek), who scored 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Drive, was named “player of the game.” Bronson Koenig (Ho-Chunk Nation) scored 10 points.

In the end, the Grand Rapids Drive came up short in a 91-86 loss against the Wisconsin Herd, a G-League affiliate team of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Two American Indian players on Grand Rapids Drive, a NBA G League team, affiliated with the Detroit Pistons. No. 3 Ho-Chunk Nation Bronson Koenig; Derek Willis is in background.

Derek Willis played

 

Bronson Koenig standing during national anthem.

 

Derek Willis had 11 rebounds. Native News Online photo by Nicholas Rickert

 

Bronson Koenig, who started, scored 10 points. Native News Online Photo by Nicholas Rickert

 

Bronson Koenig is the all-time three-point scorer for the Wisconsin Badgers. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

 

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Willis live for several years in his youth on the Wind River Indian Reservation in the state of Wyoming.

 

 

 

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