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April 19, 2015 Updates

Former University of Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein has signed with Roc Nation, the same agency that represents Celtics swingman James Young. Young said he plans to work out with Cauley-Stein in Los Angeles before the June draft. Cauley-Stein is a projected top 10 pick . Boston Globe

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Calipari projects that Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles will declare for the NBA draft. He's not so sure about Dakari Johnson and Devin Booker. "It's time to take another step," Cauley-Stein told reporters after the Wildcats' loss to Wisconsin. "I mean, obviously, I'm not 100 percent on it, but I'm pretty sure I know what I want to do. Gotta talk to a couple more people, but probably was my last game here. "... You know, we'll never be on the same team like this again. That's going to set in. We got a month of school left with each other, and that's it. I mean, that's what you'll remember." ESPN.com

April 5, 2015 Updates

Then, in a tear-filled locker room afterward, came junior 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein's announcement that he has all but decided to bolt for the NBA. He likely will not be the last. Along with Cauley-Stein, freshmen Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Trey Lyles are widely projected first-round draft picks. Louisville Courier-Journal

April 1, 2015 Updates

They’re the writers and broadcasters who cover Kentucky basketball, and they will face a unique void come springtime. The 7-foot human Willie Cauley-Stein will make off for the NBA after three seasons at Kentucky, and no longer may they stand at his locker and listen to him routinely. They tend to sigh about that. “I’ll miss covering him tremendously, and this is the rare instance when I think I can speak for everybody on the beat,” said Brett Dawson of rivals.com. “I’ve never covered anyone quite like him anywhere, and I doubt anyone’s ever covered anyone like him at Kentucky,” after which Dawson referred to Cauley-Stein as “a true individual,” “genuinely funny,” “thoughtful” with “no place” for cliches, a player who “rarely, if ever, fails to consider a question carefully before he answers it.” Washington Post

On other occasions, he said it would thrill him if his team ever got a mention from anchorman Tom Tucker on “Family Guy;” spoke of Kentucky as “not the villains” and said the black hat he once wore was only “my John Wayne;” professed to prefer Batman over other superheroes because he accomplishes his feats without superpowers. He once drew laughs by saying he could tweet about “hot dogs” and get deluged with responses about how he wasn’t working on his game. Speaking of a Cincinnati player over whom Cauley-Stein dunked ferociously in the round of 32, he said, “I was already on the way down dunking it and the dude slid over . . . I mean, I just remember seeing his head, like that [underneath], ‘What is this guy doing?’ It was more confusing. Normally I know what I’m doing. I didn’t really know what he was doing for real. I’m looking down at his hair, like, ‘Dude, you really jumped on this.’ ” Washington Post

“‘What? How is that a question, just because I’m interested in other things?’ You got to be interested in other things. If you focus on one thing, you’re going to eventually like – you’re going to get bored with it or you’re going to get burned out on it. My grandparents have taught me that since I was younger, just to be involved in a whole bunch of different things so you don’t get burnt out and you know what you like to do and what you don’t like to do. I couldn’t imagine not playing this game.” Washington Post

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NBA mock drafts tab Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Kentucky’s Karl Anthony-Thomas and Willie Cauley-Stein and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell as possibilities. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak plans to travel to Europe for a scouting trip beginning Monday, though it was not clear which countries he will visit. Los Angeles Daily News

March 19, 2015 Updates

The GM now thinks this class can be as good as, or better than last year’s. “Wiggins and Parker were wings,” he says. “One thing about this class, if you’re at the top of the draft, you’re going to get a big man or a point guard.” There’s a solid consensus as to who the the top four players in this draft, but despite the early hype for the best bigs, they could go in any order. And they are: D’Angelo Russell, 6-4, 175, Fr., Ohio State–I’m saying he’ll go No. 1, but he definitely could. Forbes.com

March 18, 2015 Updates

Q: Seems to me that Willie C Stein is underrated by many -- do you think he might move up to 5 on draft boards? Seems like a great fit for the Knicks. Chad Ford: He's ranked at No. 7 -- not sure how that's underrated for a guy without much of an offensive game. Teams are banking on the fact that he'll be a perennial DPOY candidate. But it's unusual for players that lack this much offensive polish to go this high. And here's the irony. Kevon Looney is 19 averages 11.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.4 spg 7 shoots 46 percent from three and teams are reaching. Cauley-Stein is 21 averages 9.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 bpg and teams are underrating him. It's all about context. ESPN.com

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League sources say the Knicks have had either a front-office member or scout at approximately 20 of the past 30 Kentucky practices and games. This confirms a New York Daily News report that stated that no team has watched Kentucky play more than the Knicks this season. The Knicks' regular attendance at Kentucky practices and games is an interesting development. It could be taken as a sign that the Knicks have significant interest in taking Towns with their first-round pick. It could also be an indication they are doing their homework on Willie Cauley-Stein in case they fall out of the top two slots. ESPN.com

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