Earlier, I shared Draft Express’ latest mock draft, which has Willie Cauley-Stein slipping to 11th to the Indiana Pacers. Draft Express president Jonathan Givony cited the reasons for the slide as “concerns around Cauley-Stein’s background and medical history,” which led to a little bit of an uproar from the Big Blue Nation because we love Willie.
Givony just released an update to further explain those concerns, which he says are centered around Willie’s ankle/foot, which was injured during the 2014 NCAA Tournament:
Five separate NBA teams we spoke with all indicated varying degrees of concern after consulting with their team doctors this week, with some saying it may cost the Kentucky big man a few spots on draft night. “There is some maintenance that needs to be done there, as it’s not completely clear whether the injury healed in a proper way. The pin that was inserted is supposed to be sitting at a 90 degree angle, but instead it’s at 45 degrees. That, plus some question marks about his background that came up could cause him to drop a few slots.”
(Hold up, is this 2014 again and we’re talking about Julius Randle?! No? Okay.)
Willie’s agent Rich Kleiman says they aren’t concerned about Willie’s foot or his stock, telling Givony that renowned ankle and foot specialist Martin O’Malley checked Willie’s foot last week and said it’s completely fine.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get any clarity on these “question marks about his background.” I’d like to hear about that, please.