It’s a big benefit for a team like the Kentucky Wildcats that practice started early this year. With such a big influx of new players coming in, this time is vital to develop chemistry and get the players familiar with each other. Turns out that WIllie Cauley – Stein injured his hand at practice on Friday and will miss practice for the next 10-14 days.
This is a side benefit of the early practice, however. Cauley-Stein should be cleared to return to practice before Big Blue Madness and will be afull speed for the Blue/White game on October 29th. Cauley- Stein averaged 8.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last year and with a solid season, could play himself into a middle first round NBA pick or even a lottery pick.
I’m not too concerned about this injury and the timing could not be better. This also means that Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee will benefit and get some added time with the starters in practice.
Also have a quick recruiting tidbit on Carlton Bragg, who is taking an unofficial visit to UK today. Even though he has not visited UK yet, Bragg has said he “likes everything about UK”. Sounds promising as Bragg also visited the Cardinals this weekend.
The 6-foot-8 prospect is in Louisville this weekend for the John Lucas Midwest Invitational, which features some of the best players nationally from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 classes.
Scout.com ranks Bragg as the No. 9 overall prospect in the Class of 2015, and he looked the part Saturday. The Cleveland native is comfortable away from the basket, has nice touch on his jump shot and moves well with or without the ball. His athleticism made him one of the standouts during Day 1 of the camp.