Willie Cauley-Stein Bio
Willie Cauley-Stein (born August 18, 1993) is a college basketball player for the Kentucky Wildcats. He was considered one of the top 20 prospects for the 2013 NBA Draft, but he elected to return to school for his sophomore season.
Cauley-Stein attended Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kansas. He played basketball and football. During his high school football career as a senior, he had 57 receptions for 1,140 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Cauley-Stein started out his college career as a bench center, backing up top prospect Nerlens Noel. During his time as a back-up, Cauley-Stein ended up averaging 7.8 points on 63.9% field goal shooting, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.0 assists, and 0.8 steals in 20 games of play.
On February 12, 2013, in a game against the Florida Gators, Noel tore the ACL in his left knee after blocking a Florida lay-up, forcing him to sit out the remainder of the season. Cauley-Stein was given the starting center position, and ended the season averaging 8.3 points on 62.1% field goal shooting, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks en route to a disappointing first round NIT loss.