Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Wiggins Receive Awards

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Feb 23, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) dunks the ball against the Missouri Tigers in the first half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Missouri 90-83. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

If there can be one positive taken from the injury of Nerlens Noel, it’s the emergence of Willie Cauley-Stein as a dominant big man. The Wildcat freshman earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors during a week in which the ‘Cats went 2-0.

WCS averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and five blocks last week in home wins over Vanderbilt and Missouri.

John Calipari gushed about how much better Cauley-Stein was than what he had originally thought as the first practices started at the beginning of the season. We only saw glimpses of what he could do as Nerlens Noel started and saw the bulk of the playing time until his injury. But Willie has stepped up to the plate and proved himself against a very good big man in Alex Oriakhi on Saturday night.

Andrew Wiggins was named as the 2013 Naismith High School Player of the Year. Wiggins is believed to be the best high school basketball prospect since LeBron James. He has been very tight-lipped about his recruitment and has stated that he has not yet had a “moment of clarity”.

Wiggins will be in attendance at Rupp Arena on Wednesday night when Kentucky welcomes the hapless Mississippi State Bulldogs. Hopefully the crowd can muster up as much energy as they did against Missouri, but it’s going to be tough.

Word to the co-eds: Don’t stoop to the level of the Florida State hussies. Yes, I used the term “hussies” like an 80-year-old grandma would do. It’s the only child friendly word I could think of.

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