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Happy 21st birthday, Willie Cauley-Stein


Happy 21st birthday to KSR favorite Willie Cauley-Stein. It seems like only yesterday Willie came into our lives, turning heads on the court and drawing beautiful pictures on the sidewalks of Olathe, Kansas. I don’t know if you’ve heard this, but Willie also played football in high school, excelling as a wide receiver before focusing solely on basketball. Now he’s one of the best big men in college basketball, and turned down the chance to be a first round pick in the NBA Draft last season to return to school to help the Cats win their ninth National Championship.

From his always-changing hairstyles to his flamboyant clothes and unique off-the-court interests, Willie is a true original. Now a junior, Willie is really in his element at Kentucky, always a treat to talk to after games, except if he gives you his patented “that was a really dumb question” look. Last week, Willie said he’s fully recovered from his leg injury, and is cleared to play. Calipari said he’s looking forward to Willie joining the team in practice, although I’m sure I’m not alone when I say part of me really will miss seeing which crazy shirt he’ll wear to games next. I’m not sure anything can top the blue paisley number from the Final Four.

Enjoy your day, Willie. If you do indulge, remember, two Advil and a big glass of water before bed will make the morning after a lot less painful.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

5 Comments for Happy 21st birthday, Willie Cauley-Stein

  1. go cats go
    6:39 pm August 18, 2014 Permalink

    Happy birthday Willie. Have fun but be careful.Can’t wait to see you back in the game.By the way I really liked the blond hair and I’m an old guy.Show us something else this year,you can get by with it when you have the play to back it up.

  2. bigbluetruth
    7:29 pm August 18, 2014 Permalink

    Happy Birthday to one of my top 3 favorite players to play here since Cal arrived. I love the way he’s down to earth, doesn’t have the big head and you can see his hard work everyday.

  3. Chaz
    8:13 pm August 18, 2014 Permalink

    Happy birthday big fella. Wishing you many healthy and happy years to come.

  4. Shelby
    9:24 pm August 18, 2014 Permalink

    Absolutely a huge happy birthday to my favorite cat.