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Willie Cauley-Stein is Aquaman

We’ve seen Willie Cauley-Stein do some pretty incredible things on the basketball court, but what he did yesterday at the Cain pool here at The Cove is his most impressive feat.

Somehow, while lounging on the daybeds you see in the photo, Willie told everyone he could swim the length of the infinity pool and back without coming up for air. It started as a little challenge amongst a handful of us, but it got rolling with some trash talking (I may have been the biggest doubter) and, before we knew it, a crowd had gathered around the pool, including the entire team.

If my memory serves me correctly, only Tyler Ulis and Karl Towns believed it could be done. Everyone else, roughly 30 people, were guaranteeing it wouldn’t happen. We even gave him a test run, two breast strokes, to see how his length would play into it. The practice made us even more confident because he was terribly slow and we realized the turn on the opposite end would be tough because the water is so shallow.

Then came the big moment, Willie’s time to prove us all wrong. He gave one last taunt to his haters, telling us he would pass out underwater before he came up for air without finishing, and then he was off. And at a very relaxed pace.

He was going so slow, most of us decided he wouldn’t make it to the halfway point. We were booing him from the sides of the pool because we thought it was going to be a major disappointment after all of the build up. But he kept going. And going. And going. Then he hit the halfway mark on his way back and we knew he wasn’t giving up from there. A couple more strokes got him to the finish line and he popped out of the water, not even all that winded, and ran around the pool shouting at all of the non-believers. He shut everyone up.

Why none of us got video of it, I don’t know. He wasn’t happy about that either. But it was pretty remarkable and, like Karl said beforehand, never doubt Willie Cauley-Stein.



Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

18 Comments for Willie Cauley-Stein is Aquaman

  1. Really?
    6:38 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Wish we could have gotten a video of this? Kindof hard to believe.. Gotta step up your moment capturing game ksr.

  2. Joe Schroer
    6:44 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Kentucky Joe says, great job Willie. Kentucky Joe is only good for 10 seconds under water.

  3. Pitino
    7:02 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    I could have gone for 15.

  4. Water Boy
    7:09 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Point of clarity, swimming at a slow steady pace burns the O2 in your lungs at a exponentially slower pace. Swimming faster is not an advantage in the scenario in question. On the contrary, swimming faster is a sure fire way to not come close.

    • bigbluetruth
      8:51 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

      We can always be sure an expert will be on here to make all of us stupid red necks understand stuff, ya know? I never thought anything about being 7 ft tall and strong as an ox making up for a slow pace. I never figured that long, strong strokes would propel you through the water (I had to look up most of these words). Thankya missa, yall come back now ya here.

    • Water Boy
      10:24 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

      Probably the first time somebody accused somebody from Paintsville of trying to give a redneck the high hat. Also, I guess you missed the part of the post that talked about how slow Willie was going and that was the reason they thought he wouldn’t make it after he started? Maybe you’re just stupid, redneck or not.

  5. Luther
    7:29 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Now go practice free throws, Willie…

    • Luther
      7:33 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

      7 – 1, baby!

  6. swoon
    7:42 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Wow, this is like Teen Beat for UK fans. I love this site. Keep it up.

  7. Lifeguard
    8:10 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink


  8. NotMattJones
    8:24 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Maybe the water was too deep and had chemistry issues.

  9. Jesus Effin' Facepalm Christ
    8:26 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink


  10. hal
    10:38 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    not sure who needed a towel more after this post, WCS or drew??

  11. Han
    10:42 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    The SEC network would’ve love to have footage of that. It also would’ve given a lot of people a chance to discuss the risks players take off the court, etc. Like every time a player posts a video of them on a trampoline, etc. All players do that kind of stuff, of course. They’re college kids. But it’s the kind of thing that will drive coaches nuts.

    Probably for the best no one recorded it.

  12. Carol
    6:16 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    Go Willie! Looking forward for when he plays some more of his good defense!

  13. DublDownDrew
    8:27 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    Aqua Cauley Stein!!

  14. UL troll
    8:54 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    The refs wouldn’t call a damn foul!!! My butt still hurtz…

  15. Never doubt willie cauley stein
    1:18 am August 16, 2014 Permalink

    Never doubt willie cauley stein