Jason King over at Bleacher Report has a fantastic piece on Willie Cauley-Stein, his upbringing in Kansas, and how he landed at the University of Kentucky, and it’s honestly one of the best things you’ll read on the internet this week.
King interviewed several people who raised Willie and helped him get to where he is today, including his grandparents and a former Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman. They all helped him escape a tiny town in Kansas so he could chase his dream here at UK.
The article also takes a look at Willie’s passive attitude and how there is still a ton of untapped potential in his seven-foot frame. Willie told King, “I just feel like I haven’t really done much. I don’t think I’m as good as people say.”
I’ll leave you with the opening as a teaser:
The airfare had been purchased, the room at the five-star hotel reserved.
Still, as he packed his bags for his official visit to Kentucky in October of 2011, something didn’t feel right to Willie Cauley-Stein.
“Cancel the trip,” the apprehensive high school senior said to his guardian, former NFL lineman Will Shields. “I don’t wanna go.”
Now go read it. You’ll be glad you did.