Willie Cauley-Stein Making Legitimate Push Toward 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

December 5th, 2014 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

Kentucky Coach John Calipari didn't fully stick to his platoon system Friday night against Texas. There was just no possible way he was taking out Willie Cauley-Stein, who ended up playing a season-high 33 minutes, the most anyone has logged in a game for Kentucky this year. 

Cauley-Stein was the difference-maker in the Wildcats' 63-51 win on a night when nobody was really feeling it offensively. 

He filled up the box score across the board, covering two-way ground while giving off the impression there were two of him out there on the floor. 

Cauley-Stein entered his junior year with something to prove after two promising yet unconvincing seasons. Though his physical tools always screamed first round, inconsistency seemingly weighed on his stock.  

Now, finding the lottery is starting to look more like a probability than long-shot possibility.

Friday night, I'd like to imagine that most scouts in attendance initially had their eyes set on the matchup between projected one-and-done centers Karl-Anthony Towns and Myles Turner. Scouts have been watching Cauley-Stein for over ...

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