Willie Cauley-Stein made his name known with the Kentucky Wildcats as one of the best rim protectors, if not the best, in college hoops. The 7-foot center averaged just 8.0 points per game through three seasons at Kentucky but coupled those with 2.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per outing.
Cauley-Stein was a menace on the defensive end, and that was supposed to translate well to the NBA. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft never quite found his footing in the NBA. He played in the league for seven years and was on four different teams. He averaged 12.8 points per game and shot 50.2% during his best year in the league but has ultimately decided to end that pursuit and take his talent to Italy.
Cauley-Stein will be playing for Openjobmetis Varese next season, and when introduced, he didn’t mince words about the NBA.
“I chose to come to Europe because of the more tactical way…