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In honor of Willie’s return, his most memorable Kentucky moments



We’ve all had a few days now to delight in the news that Willie Cauley-Stein will be returning for his junior season at Kentucky. After months of speculation that he would likely go to the NBA after this season, Willie being Willie, threw a bit of a curveball to everyone by deciding to give college another year. Willie has always been his own guy, and has provided plenty of interesting and entertaining moments/pictures/fashion statements in his two years at Kentucky. Willie has created a number of highlights on the court, but he’s also proven what a unique character he is… which shows in the fact that he has so many memorable things to add to this list that are not even basketball related. Enjoy some of the best of Willie Cauley-Stein and his time at Kentucky. Feel free to add to the list.

The infamous Sidewalk chalk picture


The picture that has often been talked about, but is nearly impossible to find. When Willie Cauley-Stein was being recruited by Kentucky and committed, famously a picture of him creating art with sidewalk chalk circulated the internet, which should have been the first of many signs that Willie was going to be a fun guy to have at Kentucky. 10 points to whoever finds that picture.


The shirt


Although Willie couldn’t join his teammates int he national championship game on the court, he gave a championship effort in choosing his apparel to wear under his jersey that night.


The Dunk against Auburn (Sports Center Top 10 play)


 “Did you know Willie Cauley-Stein played wide receiver in high school?


Show me a television broadcast crew that hasn’t mentioned this at some point in the telecast and I’ll show you a Rick Pitino.



Willie famously died his hair for a brief stretch in the middle of the season. Willie’s play was actually quite good during his blonde days, leading to the nickname “Goldiblocks.”


“I’m a Willie Cauley-Stein man”



The put-back dunk against Baylor (apologies for the video_

Hakuna Matata tattoo

The most talked about neck tattoo in Kentucky basketball history…for no apparent reason. For about 48 hours, the Twitter world went crazy with 40-year old blogger types fawning over Willie’s neck tattoo that reads “Hakuna Matata.”


“I like to color in coloring books”


During the SEC tournament, video clips of players saying what they liked to do in their spare time played over the big screens. Willie’s answer was classic Willie: “I like to color in coloring books.”

18 pts, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks against Ole Miss (2014) and 16 pts and 13 rebounds against Arkansas (2014)


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

21 Comments for In honor of Willie’s return, his most memorable Kentucky moments

  1. true story
    10:19 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    i actually like coloring in coloring books … i have several kids, but i find it to be soothing and theraputic

  2. true story
    10:21 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    *edit: therapeutic

  3. AP
    10:29 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink


  4. Kentucky Joe
    10:31 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    I will have a new song out tomorrow. Listen to KSR and I will sing the song. Title, I smoke blue.

    • Haha
      10:48 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

      ♪ I’m not bout that purple haze, All I smoke is blue.
      This s*** keep me chill for dayzz, All i smoke is blue ♪

  5. Cats
    10:52 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    I was reading espn website and scrolling through comments on the Seahawks signing Sidney Rice, and one of the comments was being excited about the seahawks signing the cfl rookie of the year WR Chris Mathews. Name sounded familiar so I googled it, and was reminded that it was familiar because I watched him play every Saturday. Found this interesting and exciting to see a past cat doing well and making a name for himself.

    • Haha
      10:54 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

      He led the team in TD’s when we had Cobb.

  6. kevboss
    11:00 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    Anybody know where I can find the chalk picture?

  7. Chaz
    11:08 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    Despite all the chatter about “he was a wide receiver in high school”, that picture is the first photographic evidence I’ve seen. Did he do a highlight reel?

    • Duuuuuude
      11:16 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    • Chaz
      12:25 am April 17, 2014 Permalink

      Thanks. Hadn’t seen that. Did that announcer really say, Cauley finishes, what the f**k, at 1:32, or is it just late at nite?

    • JVice
      12:36 am April 17, 2014 Permalink

      he says “with the flush”, but after reading your comment first, it was hard to hear anything other than what you thought it was, lol

  8. Tyler
    11:16 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    Honorable mention: when he and Kyle Wiltjer experimented with YouTube and did a Turtleman video

  9. Anne
    12:09 am April 17, 2014 Permalink

    All the Goonies videos he made with Kyle and Jarrod P!

  10. Anne
    12:29 am April 17, 2014 Permalink

    Willie sings and dances lol

  11. RealityCheck
    3:10 am April 17, 2014 Permalink

    If Willie wouldn’t completely vanish for huge amounts of his first two seasons, maybe more of his most memorable moments would be actual basketball plays, and not his rainblow hair colors and neck tattoos.

    • Shut up
      4:08 am April 17, 2014 Permalink

      Shut up, he’s a 19 year old kid with a unique personality who happens to be good at basketball. He may disappear at times but I guarantee you he’s slammed and blocked a lot more shots in a Kentucky uniform than you ever will. Let him be a kid while he still has the chance no body needs you on here acting like Bobby Knight

    • Yeahright
      12:46 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

      Maybe we should start celebrating line beards also!

    • Shut up
      3:06 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

      Who cares, at least he’s a good kid and doesn’t try to act like a thug off the court, it could be worse I’d much rather him be coloring then out smoking weed, and packing guns and failing classes. Who cares what he looks like I only worry about his game

  12. Big Mouth REX
    2:27 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    Willy is a great kid and I am so glad he is coming back!

  13. Pancreas
    9:10 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    The Providence super play has to be up there. Two blocks at the rim, runs the floor, and flush.

    Just such an impressive play. So excited he’s back.