Sacramento Kings’ forward and former Kentucky Wildcat Willie Cauley-Stein turns 23 today. Everybody join me in wishing him a happy birthday and welcome to the “Jordan Year”, as apparently the kids call it now days.
I think any UK fan would agree that Willie Cauley-Stein developed from the unheralded freshman who “played wide receiver in high school” to a fan favorite and most athletic player on one of the best teams to wear Kentucky blue. Cauley-Stein was overshadowed for most of his freshman year by Nerlens Noel, struggled to get his footing for some of his sophomore year, even losing his starting job to Dakari Johnson at one point that season, and finally was a major cog in the machine that was the Platoon Squad his junior year.
Anyone who still says that John Calipari can only work with one-and-dones need to take a long, hard look at WCS as a perfect example of why they are wrong. Three years under Coach Cal, from the No. 40 overall recruit to the 6th overall pick in the NBA Draft is an awesome feat.
Several people have reached out to Cauley-Stein to wish him a happy birthday, including some former teammates and the UK Mens Basketball account. Show him some love today y’all!
Big Happy Birthday to my brother @THEwillieCS15
— Aaron Harrison (@AaronICE2) August 18, 2016
Happy bday cuh blood folk @THEwillieCS15
— Trey Lylesîª (@TreyMambaLyles) August 18, 2016
Happy birthday to my other brother @THEwillieCS15
— Alex Poythress (@AlexTheGreat22) August 18, 2016
Bet he wishes he was back on campus to get some of Mrs. Calipari’s famous birthday brownies today!
Take a few minutes and relive some of the top dunks of Willie’s time as a Wildcat.