Willie Cauley-Stein has talked many times over the last year about how difficult sitting on the bench for the latter half of Kentucky’s magical tournament run was for him.
On the eve of the Elite Eight, he revealed another facet to what it was like being relegated to spectator status.
“It was a weight off your shoulders though, knowing you’re not going to have any impact on the game playing,” Cauley-Stein said. “So that worry, that stress, you didn’t have to endure that.”
Unable to play due to a stress fracture in his ankle that knocked him out of UK’s Sweet 16 matchup with Louisville and had him in plainclothes for the Elite Eight and Final Four, Cauley-Stein admits there was part of him that enjoyed just being along for the ride.
A year later, he has no such chance.