No returning Wildcat will be more important than Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein - photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com
Willie Cauley-Stein - photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com
Willie Cauley-Stein – photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

From ESPN.com’s  Eamonn Brennan:  “None will be more important than Willie Cauley-Stein. With Goodwin and Noel off to the NBA and Ryan Harrow having transferred to Georgia State, Cauley-Stein, Poythress and Wiltjer were the only three candidates for this prestigious position. I was actually torn about this Tuesday night, so I ran an informal poll among Kentucky fans on Twitter. Dozens of replies later, the consensus was overwhelmingly in favor of Cauley-Stein. Some made the case for Poythress, particularly in light of Andrew Wiggins’ decision to play at Kansas (thus preserving Poythress plenty of minutes and possibly a starting spot). Few made the case for Wiltjer, even though I would contend his length and shooting — he finished at 36.7 percent from 3 last season, which isn’t bad for a 6-foot-10 guy — could still be crucial in 2013-14.

But Cauley-Stein’s case really is the most convincing. You won’t find many 7-footers as athletic as Cauley-Stein at any level, full stop, and the big man already demonstrated solid rebounding on both ends of the floor and competent finishing ability around the rim.”

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