WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN

Willie Cauley-Stein is an American basketball player and one of the best defensive centers to come out of the college ranks in the past several years. Drafted number 6 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft to the Sacramento Kings, the University of Kentucky alumnus was the 2015 SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He was named to the 2015 All-SEC team, to the 2015 All-SEC Defensive Team, and to the 2015 USA Today All-American Team. On April 9, 2015, Cauley-Stein decided to forgo his senior year at Kentucky and declare himself eligible for the NBA draft.

Born in Spearville, Kansas on August 18, 1993, and raised in nearby Olathe, Kansas, Cauley-Stein was a two-sport standout in football and basketball at Olathe Northwest High School. He committed to the University of Kentucky over Kansas State, Florida, and Alabama as ESPNU’s tenth-best high school center and the nation’s thirty-second-ranked overall high school prospect. Cauley-Stein began his collegiate career for the Wildcats backing up Nerlens Noel at center, but took over the starting role when Noel went down with an injury. Cauley-Stein immediately impressed Coach John Calipari, recording three double-doubles in six games, twice earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors. By the end of his first season he compiled 60 blocks in only 29 games and was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team.

In his sophomore year, Coach Calipari employed Cauley-Stein as Kentucky’s main rim defender. He finished the season with 106 blocks in 37 games, the second highest single-season total in school history. He had personal highs of nine blocks in games against Providence and Boise State. In his third year at Kentucky, he shifted to the role of primary pick-and-roll defender and stepped up his offensive game, becoming a force around the rim and one of the team’s go-to roll options. At the rim he shot 72.5% and developed a jump hook, leading Kentucky to its 38-1 record and appearance in the Final Four. He also improved his free-throw shooting to 61% while still racking up 67 blocks on the defensive end. He ended his junior campaign with an overall career average of 8.0 points, 2.2 blocked shots, and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Cauley-Stein was one of the best shot blockers and all-around defensive players in the NCAA and projects to be the same in the NBA. For a 7-foot, 240-pound center, he has exceptionally quick feet and superior athleticism, which allows him to guard all five positions on the court. He is masterful at hedging opponents’ pick-and-rolls, and excels in stepping up to guard the perimeter, displaying the necessary speed to get back in the paint and offer superb rim protection.

In April 2015, Roc Nation Sports announced that it had signed Cauley-Stein to its roster of athletes, representing the center as he prepares to make the leap to the professional ranks. The Sacramento Kings selected Cauley-Stein with the 6th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Erick Aybar went 3-for-3 and had a nice double play - watch it here.CC Sabathia threw 5 scoreless innings in his 2017 season debut.Willie Cauley-Stein had a double-double in last night’s game, putting up 12 points and 16 rebounds. 
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Kevin Durant recorded his 21st double-double of the season last night with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Willie Cauley-Stein had himself a night last night, putting up his first double-double of the season with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Wilson Chandler notched his 7th double-double of the season last night, scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds.
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Kevin Durant recorded his 20th double double of the season last night with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Willie Cauley-Stein put up 14 points and 5 rebounds in last night's game.
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Willie Cauley-Stein took an 8-day trip to China with Visit California where he explored Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, participated in the Visit California Dreamers Basketball Clinic, and got some training sessions in.wcs x china wcs x china 2 wcs x china 3Take a look at a recap from Willie about his trip here. Watch some highlight videos from his trip here:Willie Begins His Journey in BeijingWillie Tours the Great Wall and Forbidden CityWillie Works out in China
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NBA All-Star 2016 voting has officially started! See below for ways you can vote for Roc Nation athletes:


James Young
1) Facebook: Post status update using “#NBAVote James Young” up to 10x a day
2) Twitter: Post tweet with “#NBAVote James Young” OR “#NBAVote @RealJamesYoung" up to 10x a day; RTs count as votes
3) Instagram: Post an image using “#NBAVote James Young” or "#NBAVote @IAm_JamesYoung" in the caption
4) Google Search: Search “NBA Vote All-Star” or “NBA Vote Celtics, select James Young, select Submit Vote
5) SMS: Text “Young” to 69622 (MYNBA)

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Justise Winslow
1) Facebook: Post status update using “#NBAVote Justise Winslow” up to 10x a day
2) Twitter: Post tweet with “#NBAVote Justise Winslow” OR “#NBAVote @IAmJustise" up to 10x day; RTs count as votes
3) Instagram: Post image using “#NBAVote Justise Winslow” or #NBAVote @IAmJustise" in the caption
4) Google Search: Search “NBA Vote All-Star” or “NBA Vote Heat”, select Justise Winslow, select Submit Vote
5) SMS: Text “Winslow” to 69622 (MYNBA)

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Kevin Durant
1) Facebook: Post status update using “#NBAVote Kevin Durant” up to 10x day
2) Twitter: Post tweet with “#NBAVote Kevin Durant” OR “#NBAVote @KDTrey5" up to 10x day; RTs count as votes
3) Instagram: Post image using “#NBAVote Kevin Durant” or #NBAVote @easymoneysniper" in the caption
4) Google Search: Search “NBA Vote All-Star” or “NBA Vote OKC Thunder”, select KD, select Submit Vote
5) SMS: Text “Durant” to 69622 (MYNBA)

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Willie Cauley-Stein
1) Facebook: Post status update using “#NBAVote Willie Cauley-Stein” up to 10x day
2) Twitter: Post tweet with “#NBAVote Willie Cauley-Stein” OR “#NBAVote @THEwillieCS15" up to 10x day; RTs count as votes
3) Instagram: Post image using “#NBAVote Willie Cauley-Stein” or #NBAVote @pr00fessortrill" in the caption
4) Google Search: Search “NBA Vote All-Star” or “NBA Vote Kings”, select Willie Cauley-Stein, select Submit Vote
5) SMS: Text “Cauley-Stein” to 69622 (MYNBA)

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