By LARRY VAUGHT
It’s a non-issue now that Willie Cauley-Stein has decided to stay at UK despite being projected as a possible lottery pick or mid-first round pick almost for sure, but I wondered if his ankle injury — he had surgery last week after missing UK’s final three NCAA games — would have impacted his draft stock.
“I don’t think the injury would have had a big impact on his status,” Ed Isaacson of NBADraftblog.com said. “An athletic big man who can run the floor and block shots, he could have probably gone in the top 20, with a chance to possibly going in the late lottery.
“Returning next year, he could seemingly lock himself into the lottery, but he will need to show the same type of improvement he showed this year and avoid the late -season type of slump he had this year.”