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Calipari says Cauley-Stein “knows he can go get it” and block shots now


Kentucky sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein has 31 blocks in eight games to rank seventh nationally in blocks per game at 3.88. However, he has 17 in the last two games, including nine against Providence — or one more than Anthony Davis ever had in a game during his Player of the Year season at UK.

Kentucky also had a dominant shot blocker last season in Nerlens Noel, who has the single-game UK record with 12.

So how does coach John Calipari feel Cauley-Stein is doing filling the shot blocker role for UK this season?

“Well, he’s in good enough shape he can continue to play. There have been times before, he’d just stand there and just let the guy drive in and like hold onto his guy and say, ‘Well, I was – I was holding my guy.’ Now he knows he can go get it,” Calipari said.

“And then the second thing is, we’re doing a better job if he does leave to block out, cracking down and taking his man. But to have nine blocks in a game like this? Big-time. Big-time. And then to play the way he did and to run like a gazelle. Did you see him run the court? Oh, my gosh. We’re able to run – and you’re big guy runs and just throw it at the rim. But I’m proud of him. He’s come a long way.”

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  1. ukcrazycat

    So, can we start calling WCS, Willie Cauley BlockenStein?

  2. ukcrazycat

    So, can we start calling WCS, Willie Cauley BlockenStein?

    1. Little Baron

      Willie Cauley BlockenStein…
      I like it but wouldn’t want to use any term that may hurt his feelings…
      so, maybe
      World-Class Shotblocker

      WCS impressed me since I first started reading about him, and then even more when I first saw him play. His potential is extremely high. If he stays under Calipari for 4 years, he will be compared to the great Wilt Chamberlain… the best who ever played the game. Wilt was thin in college and bulked up in the Harlem Globe Trotters and NBA, to become the most dominant player in history. Strong, mobile, awesome scorer and defender.

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