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15 - Willie Cauley-Stein

Kentucky 

  • Birthday: 8/18/93
  • NBA Position: Center
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 7-0
  • Wt: 230
  • Hometown: Olathe, KS
  • High School: Olathe Northwest
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Overall

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NBA Comparison: Dan Gadzuric

Strengths: Very fluid... Light on his feet... At 7-feet 1/2" with a 7'-foot-2 1/2" wingspan, possesses great height and length ... Has very good hands ... Can catch tough passes and shows toughness, something that was likely developed during his time as a wide receiver on his high school football team ... Plays within himself; does not force the issue ... An above average shot blocker; does a good job of seeking shot blocking opportunities. God timing and shows the ability not to bite on fakes and get into foul trouble ... A decent rebounder ... Has a good "nose for the ball"; due to his size gets himself many opportunities for put back dunks and tip ins... The big man has soft hands and potential to improve his scoring, displaying solid shooting touch ...

Weaknesses: Very raw ... Seems lost in isolation post play, and would be very well-served to develop a few go to moves ... Although he is a fluid athlete, at times has trouble keeping his balance; this likely goes hand-in-hand with his lack of a post game ... Must work on keeping his butt down, lower center of gravity ... A poor free throw shooter, but this seems to be a confidence issue more than an issue relating to physical tools or form... Some question his motor and focus ...

Notes: Measured 7'0.5 (in shoes) 240 lbs, with a 7'2.5 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Big Man Skills Academy ... Was an accomplished wide receiver on his high school football team (and if you have not seen video of the 7-footer on the gridiron, it is worth a look) ... Was part of Kentucky's talented 2012 recruiting class, but was somewhat overshadowed by teammate and top draft prospect Nerlens Noel during his freshman campaign; he is likely to see significantly more playing time in his sophomore season... After some preliminary "testing of the draft waters" in 2013, Cauley-Stein chose to return to Kentucky for a second year, citing inconsistent information relating to his draft position ...

Drew Wolin 10/21/13

August 30, 2011

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