Willie Cauley-Stein wasn’t about to let anything separate him from his team, not in this moment.
Cauley-Stein was on the bench for UK’s heart-stopping Elite Eight win over Michigan. He needed crutches to move around, but he wasn’t your typical bench bystander.
The sophomore forward put his own unique spin on “street clothes,” wearing the same road blue jersey as his teammates over his hooded sweatshirt. When the Wildcats made a big play, he celebrated. When they took the stage to receive the Midwest Regional trophy, he was right there with them.
Likely to his doctor’s chagrin, Cauley-Stein even got in on the jubilant dog pile after the buzzer sounded.