By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on April 14, 2014
Although Willie Cauley-Stein’s decision to forgo the 2014 NBA Draft and return to the Kentucky Wildcats for his junior season may have been unforeseen by many, the move makes sense. Cauley-Stein will have been disappointed not to help his team win a National Championship this year, and his decision to return will make Kentucky a 2015 National Championship favorite almost immediately. Here are 5 reasons his return will help Kentucky next season.
Cauley-Stein averaged just around seven points and six boards per game last season despite injuries and averaging only around 24 minutes per game. That consistency is huge for a team to have, especially when a majority of the starters will be freshmen.
When Cauley-Stein gets the ball down low, he knows he’s better than his opposition, he knows he’s stronger than his opposition and he knows he’s going to score. The threat he poses alone will cause defenders to double-team him, leaving others open to make the big plays.
Kentucky is just a better team when they have returning players who decided to forgo the NBA Draft. Both recent National Championship runs were largely in part to veteran players making big plays in big games.
Karl Towns Jr. is the Wildcats’ five-star recruit at Center out of St. Joseph High School in New Jersey. He’s a big, talented player that is expected to be one of the best players in college basketball next season. With Cauley-Stein helping to train him, he should develop a lot faster than if he was on his own.
Cauley-Stein was a leader from the bench when he was injured in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and was also a leader for the majority of last season. By returning, this Kentucky team will already have a clear team leader going into the season.
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