Kentucky Basketball: Is Willie Cauley-Stein the Nation’s Best Defensive Big Man?

Posted by Thad Novak on January-3-2014 Add Comments

As the successor to Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel at Kentucky, Willie Cauley-Stein had a lot to live up to on the defensive end of the floor. Remarkably, even while his Wildcats teammates have struggled to slow down opposing scorers, Cauley-Stein has extended his predecessors’ legacy and put himself in the discussion for the best low-post defender in the college game.

After blocking 2.1 shots per game as Noel’s sidekick last season, Cauley-Stein is up to fifth in the nation with 4.1 rejections a night as a sophomore. Of that top five, he’s also the only one who’s recording more than one steal per game, a testamen...

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