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Willie Cauley-Stein Gets National Attention for “Comeback” Game

Comeback

Maybe I shouldn’t have called it that. “Always been here” game?  Better, LL?

Relieved to see Willie Cauley-Stein performing as well as we know he can?  So is Myron Medcalf of ESPN, who took note of his “re-breakout” game:

Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky) — The sophomore hasn’t been a consistent offensive threat, but his defensive presence is undeniable. He only scored eight points in No. 14 Kentucky’s 79-54 win over Georgia. But he also recorded six steals, six blocks and altered multiple shots. He’s such a vital player for that young Kentucky team.

WCS didn’t wow anybody offensively, although his 8 points included 2-2 free throws, which is a relief to all of us.  Not to mention, 8 points is his season average.  So not great, but not disappointing, either.  Rather, his resurgence occurred on the defensive end of the floor, where his bread has been buttered for the last two seasons.

He also told CoachCal.com that he “feels like [his] normal self” again, as he was “flying around, contesting shots, and running the floor.”  Although WCS encourages the good play by Dakari Johnson, it’s better to have both of them playing well to provide solid depth in the frontcourt.

So is Willie “back?”  Can we expect that solid defensive presence on the road through the next few weeks?  Hopefully so.

Article written by Corey Nichols

10 Comments for Willie Cauley-Stein Gets National Attention for “Comeback” Game



  1. cats
    4:35 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    We need this guy to play well, mostly defensively, in order to win a national championship. On the other side of things, if he plays to well he’ll leave for the draft. He should be a 4 year player, and by year 4 I think he has the potential to be player of the year and a high lottery pick. But right now, he has some games where he’s average and some where he’s even less than average.



    • JC5
      4:38 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

      I think your right about how he should be a four year player, but we all know that’s not going to happen



  2. cat
    4:36 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    We need this guy to play well, mostly defensively, in order to win a national championship. On the other side of things, if he plays to well he’ll leave for the draft. He should be a 4 year player, and by year 4 I think he has the potential to be player of the year and a high lottery pick. But right now, he has some games where he’s average and some where he’s even less than average



  3. Ronald
    4:47 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    Optimus-Stein! “Transformers Wildcats in disguise”!



  4. 2mites
    4:53 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    Willie is vital to UK this year. His defense down low is so important and his steals are way beyond anyone playing his position. Good job Willie keep it up now.
    Looking at CBS and their 25 and 1 they only put the Cats up one spot to 13. I really thought they get to 11 this week. Well guess they just gotta keep winning.



  5. UK fan
    4:58 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    This guy is a scrub. He only shows up when the competition is weak. Give me more of slappy the seal (dakari)..



  6. Bunny
    6:02 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    I love his hustle and think he’s got a lot of upside. No excuse for being such a poor FT shooter though…



  7. mashburnfan1
    7:43 pm January 26, 2014 Permalink

    dude is 7 feet tall and had 0 {zero, none, zilch} defensive rebounds vs Georgia in 26 minutes of play. And it was not because Georgia shot so well…



  8. Defense
    8:13 am January 27, 2014 Permalink

    If he plays well on defense, rebounds well, I am really happy with him scoring 8 or 10 points



  9. radmankd
    8:31 am January 27, 2014 Permalink

    Will never be a great rebounder because he relies on his long reach, not on blocking out.
    Let’s see him do well against better competition.
    Not convinced he’ll be a lottery pick w/no offensive game. Then again, the NBA folks will
    probably take a chance on his potential.