Willie Cauley-Stein has always been the one with experience.
He knows what it’s like to go through a freshman season under John Calipari. He’s seen the difference between an NIT season and advancing to the Final Four. He understands the ins and outs of college life.
When his younger teammates have needed perspective, he’s been there.
On Thursday, Cauley-Stein and six fellow Wildcats declared for the NBA Draft. UK’s elder statesman is officially out of sage advice.
“I’m in the same boat as them,” Cauley-Stein said. “I don’t really have any. Just, I’m excited. This is a chance to start your life.”
Cauley-Stein might be 21 years old, but saying moving on to the professional ranks is the start of his life is no accident. His three years in Lexington have been memorable – particularly thanks to fans and teammates – but Cauley-Stein now has his fate completely in his own hands.