UK center Willie Cauley-Stein announced Monday night that he will hold off on the NBA and return to Lexington for his junior season.
“I want to come back and have a chance to win a national championship, while also getting closer to earning my degree,” Cauley-Stein said in a statement made through UK. “Being at the Final Four this year was special, but not being able to help my teammates on the floor was tough. I look forward to helping us get back there next year, while playing in front of the best fans in the nation.”
Cauley-Stein was projected as the No. 12 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress.com. He averaged 6.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and blocked 106 shots in 37 games this past season. He has 166 blocks in two seasons at Kentucky, good enough for sixth all-time in the program’s history.