ESPNU's Paul Biancard on Willie Cauley

Senior KSR Columnist
Posted Nov 2, 2011


"How good he will be versus how good he will be right now is exactly the right way to put it. He is still learning and finding his way. He has size, athletic ability, bounce, shot blocking ability. He can help immediately.

"How good he will be versus how good he will be right now is exactly the right way to put it. He is still learning and finding his way. He has size, athletic ability, bounce, shot blocking ability. He can help immediately.

"He played football and while that creates toughness, it takes a lot of time away from the basketball court. But he has a soft touch close to the basket, inside 10 feet.

"Once he gets working with the Kentucky basketball staff for a full year, you will see a dramatic leap forward from his freshman to sophomore year. He will just keep rising. He has to get acclimated to high level basketball, but he's eventually going to be a great player. It's actually scary to think how good he could be.

"He may look like Anthony Davis and so some of the same things with shot blocking, running the court and finishing at the basket, but he's no Davis yet because Davis is just so unique. Still, Cauley and Davis have a lot of similarities in terms of getting to the rim, blocking shots and the ability to block shots out of position. They both also run very, very well and Cauley has great hands to go with that nice touch inside 10 feet.

"That's why I say it is scary how good he can be once he gets in that Kentucky basketball environment. Combine his athletic ability with Calipari's coaching and UK's strength coaches and he's going to be a very good player for a long time."


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