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This May Be Your 2012 Kentucky Center

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You may remember that last week we told you the story of Willie Cauley, the 2012 big man not previously linked to UK, who had become a top target in recent weeks. Well that target now officially has UK on his mind, naming the Cats as one of his top 5 schools, to go along with Florida, Kansas State, Alabama and Oklahoma State. The big man told Rivals.com that those five schools were his top choices and he wasn’t sure when he would make a decision.

Sources in Lexington have told me for the past week or so that Willie Cauley could easily be the UK center for the 2012 class. The coaches love him, feel as if he has improved greatly and like his potential versatility. Add to that the fact that some believe he could commit early to the Wildcats, and it may be time to learn Willie Cauley’s name and his game. Here are some dunking highlights:

Article written by Matt Jones

36 Comments for This May Be Your 2012 Kentucky Center



  1. transyUKfan
    3:25 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    First? Is he wearing a KU hat?



  2. Jones Returns
    3:35 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Moves well without the ball…check out the 0:40 mark.



  3. Jones Returns
    3:38 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Please tell me you’re not serious…



  4. 2th Drilla
    3:40 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    RT #2. Hilarious. Reminds me of a slow Gimel. Except without range out to 8 feet!



  5. Poco Chang
    3:42 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t tell from the pic… How many eyebrows does he have?



  6. Jared Carter
    3:43 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’m trying to think of who this guy reminds me of… Hmmmmm… I can’t quite put my finger on it. The guy I’m thinking of was 7ft tall and dunked on a bunch of 6ft and under white kids in high school too. What was that guys name…



  7. PB Cat
    3:48 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    If Kansas aint recriutin em and he in there backyard they they something wrong withem. I say stay away and focus on 5-stars.



  8. Blue_Reality
    3:49 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    color me very unimpressed…..

    all I can say is WHY????



  9. BigBlueBart
    3:49 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    I want Mitch McGary.



  10. Bill Self
    3:51 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Look, the kid is wearing a KU hat. But look how he sits and he’s coloring on the sidewalk. Me thinks he’s more of a Dukie.



  11. Go F*** Yourself
    3:51 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Still waiting for the “You guys know recruits get on here and read these posts!” post…wait for it…wait for it…



  12. BigBlueBart
    3:51 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    This does not look like Mitch McGary



  13. stratblend
    3:57 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    @9… I second that. Give me Mitch McGary or at the very least Dajuan Coleman.



  14. that guy
    3:57 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    #11 – Don’t know about your prediciton. BUT, I hope some kids do read this board. Willie isn’t UK material. And I’m guessing Cal hasn’t offered the kid for the same reason I’m not sold. Willie hasn’t gone up against someone 6’6″ or taller yet.



  15. Calipari'sInYourEar
    3:58 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Looks soft & as a tall guy has a vertical of 2 inches?

    Watch his jumps. With Calipari as the recruiter, we should be able to get FORCE at the 5.

    It could certainly be these videos are a bad representation of this kid.

    The point is a Center has several jobs. 1. FLUSH THE BALL, 2. REBOUNDING KNACK, 3. PAINT ENFORCER ON DEFENSE

    None of those 3 requirements are done with softness or finese.



  16. SeoulCat
    3:59 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    This guy has a four-inch vertical and makes Eloy look quick.



  17. Rick Pitino
    4:02 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Too late cat fans. Mr. Cauley will be a Louisville Cardinal. He is the best big man I’ve seen in all my years of coaching. I would also say he is the smartest and most basketball savy player to touch the hardwood. I can see him doing great things in a Louisville uniform for 4 years.



  18. Cat fan
    4:12 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    He couldnt carry boogies jock strap! Tired of skinny wannabe ballerz? next!



  19. Bigfoot
    4:16 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Do not want.



  20. Barrack Obama
    4:24 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    What is wrong with you people? Look, who cares that he is untested. Who cares that he hasn’t played on the largest of stages before. Who cares if he isn’t up for the gig. What could go wrong?



  21. Hood's Dad
    4:32 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Looks terrible, and that’s why dudes who look like Matt Jones’ illegitimate kids guarding him. No way he’s SEC caliber Center



  22. golden ticket
    4:35 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    What positive responses here. Are Y’all having a good day?



  23. What happened to the faith
    4:36 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    What happened to the “in Cal we trust”. Another day another change of faith. Maybe he just puttin a little pressure on some of the other bigs in this class. where’s the faith?



  24. bung
    4:49 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    gotta get McGary



  25. my grass is tall
    4:50 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    #25, do you think maybe Cal could be showing interest (if he really is) – just to throw other coaches like Tubby and Rick off. Those two would think they won the lottery if they were able to steal a player from UK / Cal…



  26. Michelle 0bama
    5:07 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Looking at him does not make me feel proud about my country



  27. Zeus
    5:44 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Nothing says he has to be the only C we sign for 2012 – imagine what would’ve been written about Nazr as a high school senior, and he turned out okay. Cauley could be a project for soph or jr year.



  28. Pikeville25
    5:45 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Mcgary cud and prolly will go pro…he’s gonna be twenty..don’t get hopes up…I’m sure cal doesn’t know what he’s doing, bunch of retards on here…



  29. JPhelps
    6:44 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Eloy Part Deux…



  30. cracka
    6:53 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    i wasn’t really impressed either, but you gotta realize if he’s class of 2012 that means that he’s going to be a senior this year, so the highlights are of him as a junior … he’s probably been filling out and hitting the gym a little if he’s getting more attention … getting more and more used to be a friggin 6’11 teenager

    scout has him as the highest ranked 4* center in 2012 right now, so it’s possible he could become a 5* this year … could be a great backup to practice against a better recruit and be ready to play as a sophomore and so on



  31. Tubby
    7:17 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    Must…have…um…durb…this diamond in the rough.



  32. Doron aka Cold Buckets
    8:40 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    ehhhh. take him or leave him.



  33. keinow
    8:52 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    I think he moves like Tayshon Prince. Hes bigger, but they have the same style of play.



  34. T
    10:47 pm August 22, 2011 Permalink

    I guess he’s better than nothing.



  35. John Calipari
    12:25 am August 23, 2011 Permalink

    Hey BBN, I was just catching up on the comments on KSR and I realize you guys are not interested in having Willie Cauley wearing the Blue and White and therefore will not continue to recruit him. Thanks for the input, oh had have mentioned YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAAAZZZZZYYY. Now go get some damn orange leaf.