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How are Cauley-Stein and Poythress performing compared to last season?

As 2013 comes to a close,  now is a good time to review how our two returning sophomores are performing. Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein turned down a likely spot in the NBA draft to pursue a national championship this year. With a new influx of talent,  both have seen their roles change significantly through the first part of their second seasons. Below is a summary of their statistics before SEC play last year and this year:

Willie Cauley-Stein


2012: 20 MPG   7.8 PPG   5.9 RPG     2.1 BPG  61.6% from the field
2013: 28 MPG  8.8 PPG   8.2   RPG   4.1 BPG    63.2% from the field

After the departure of Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein has assumed the role of UK’s leading shot-blocker. And he’s done pretty well. His 4.1 blocks per game is nearly double what he averaged at this point last year, even though his minutes have only increased by 40%. It’s not just his shot-blocking that has improved:  Cauley-Stein has increased his numbers across the board and is currently shooting an impressive 63.2% from the field. Despite the added talent of this year’s squad, Willie has improved his production greatly and will continue to play a leading role going forward.


Alex Poythress


2012: 27 MPG   14.0 PPG   6.2 RPG   .5 APG   64.2 % from the field
2013: 18 MPG   4.8   PPG    5.9 RPG   .6 APG   45.5% from the field

At first glance, it seems Poythress has regressed from this point last year. However, the numbers might be a bit misleading, as Poythress has assumed a different role on this year’s team. At this point last year, Alex was attempting to fill the role of the team’s go-to scorer. Remember, that at one point early last season Alex scored at least 20 points in four straight games. This year’s team simply doesn’t need Alex to be a scorer, and his stats reflect it. Despite seing a 33% decrease in minutes, Alex’s rebounds and assists are nearly the same. While his decrease in field goal percentage is pretty disappointing, Poythress is impacting the game in other ways. Hopefully, his shooting will improve throughout the rest of the season.

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

8 Comments for How are Cauley-Stein and Poythress performing compared to last season?

  1. Ap
    6:09 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Getting tired of apps popping up everytime I come to the site, which is 10 times a day. Fix that crap please!!

  2. Big b
    6:12 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    I think Charlie strong to Texas

  3. Ellen's Brownies
    7:59 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    I love Willie and Alex and their contribution to this team. They are the gel that will hold this team together during the long run. Both are SO much better than last year!!! Both know the power of BBN is behind them!!

  4. Rae
    8:06 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    How about another set of statistics, namely mistakes? Alex isn’t nearly as frustrating this season, partially because he plays less and partially because Andrew and Julius have both been our turnover machines, taking the focus off Alex in that regard. I’m too lazy to calculate it, so what’s Alex’s turnover average compared to last year’s?

    • Kaleb
      1:56 am January 1, 2014 Permalink

      He had 2.0 last year, and this year he is averaging 0.8.

  5. where is thenibbleone
    8:30 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Love Alex, he is a beast! He is becoming comfortable with his strengths.
    Willie understands he has to go 110 % and seems to be the only one who subs himself.
    This team has so much growth potential.
    Enjoy the ride this season BBN!!

  6. Katdaddy
    12:33 am January 1, 2014 Permalink

    Is there any truth to the Poythress transfer talk?

  7. 2020
    1:36 am January 1, 2014 Permalink

    Poy shot 58% last year (133-229). 64% would have been a historic achievement.

    How do you mention assists without mentioning turnovers?