Kentucky standout Willie Cauley-Stein announced (via Twitter) that he will return for another year at Kentucky. Cauley-Stein’s projected draft position varied depending on who you ask, but he was a virtual lock for the middle of the first round.
Given the 7-footer’s draft stock, it’s a surprise to see him staying in school for another season. In 37 games, the 20-year-old averaged 6.8 PPG and 6.1 RPG in 23.8 minutes per contest, displaying his above-average athleticism and vertical game. Cauley-Stein was a top 20 projection in most 2014 mock drafts and the folks at DraftExpress have already taken note of his decision, slotting him as their No. 8 prospect in the 2015 mock.
With Cauley-Stein back in the fold for his junior season, Kentucky is now faced with a potential frontcourt logjam. The 7’0″, 244 pound center will join Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Trey Lyles, Karl Towns and Alex Poythress in 2014/15.