Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein leaning toward entering NBA Draft

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After Kentucky was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, forward Willie Cauley-Stein suggested he’s ready to take the next step in his career, reports The Courier-Journal.

“It’s time to take another step,” Cauley-Stein said. “I mean, obviously, I’m not 100 percent on it, but I’m pretty sure I know what I want to do. Gotta talk to a couple more people, but probably was my last game here.”

The 7-foot, 242-pound forward averaged 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Cauley-Stein is the sixth ranked player on CBSSports.com’s College Basketball Writer Sam Vecenie’s top NBA draft prospects for the 2015 draft.

If Saturday was his last game in a Kentucky uniform, Cauley-Stein said he was disappointed in his performance after recording two points, five rebounds and two blocks.

“That’s going to probably eat at me for the rest of my life, just knowing I had so much more that I could’ve given and changed the outcome of the game,” he said. “But I just didn’t do it. That’s really going to kill me on the inside.”

Willie Cauley-Stein walks off for perhaps the final time in a Kentucky uniform. (Getty Images)
Willie Cauley-Stein walks off for perhaps the final time in a Kentucky uniform. (Getty Images)

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