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.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Kansas City Star
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.