Several NBA teams believe there’s a chance Willie Cauley-Stein will be selected in the 2015 NFL Draft as a late-round flyer, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Star.
As a high school senior at Olathe Northwest, Cauley-Stein, then a mere 6-10, led the state of Kansas with 1,265 yards receiving. He caught 64 passes, including 15 touchdowns for the Ravens.
Cauley-Stein, who simply went by Willie Cauley at the time, was a first-team All-Metro selection at wide receiver by The Star and a finalist for the Otis Taylor Award as the best pass-catcher in Kansas City.
Several NFL tight ends with basketball backgrounds and Hall of Fame resumes, including former Chiefs All-Pro Tony Gonzalez and noted Chiefs killer Antonio Gates of the Chargers, have flourished, so it’s not a completely far-fetched idea.
Cauley-Stein drew some interest from a handful of college football teams — including Kansas, which reportedly offered him a scholarship on the spot after seeing him during a seven-on-seven camp — but obviously he signed instead with John Calipari’s Wildcats (and, let’s face it, that was probably a wise move).
Cauley-Stein is Kentucky’s second-leading scorer at 10.5 points. He also leads the Wildcats, averaging 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals, and is second with 22 blocked shots.
Kentucky improved to 12-0 on Saturday with an 83-44 against UCLA at the United Center in Chicago, a game the Wildcats led at halftime 41-7 — and, no, that’s not a misprint.
Cauley-Stein scored eight with five rebounds, four blocks, two steals and only one turnover.