Cauley-Stein's comeback earns Blue Heart Award

04/28/2015 02:56 PM

LEXINGTON — In this case, you can call it a comeback, and even LL Cool J is proud.

UK Athletics honored Cauley-Stein for his comeback and achievements on Monday night with the CATSPYs Blue Heart Award at Memorial Coliseum.

An ankle injury knocked Willie Cauley-Stein out of the 2014 NCAA tournament, sidelining him for Kentucky’s dramatic Final Four victory over Wisconsin and heartbreaking loss to the University of Connecticut in the national championship game.

The versatile seven-foot center faced a difficult decision during the following off-season: Declare early for the NBA Draft, or return to UK for another national title run?

Cauley-Stein chose the later, and even though the Wildcats once again fell short of a national championship, the junior forward was a key contributor to the Cats posting a perfect 38-0 start for the first time in Division I men’s college basketball history, won SEC Defensive Player of the Year, became a First Team All-American, and has seen his draft stock rise to a sure-fire lottery pick.

In short, the comeback was a success.


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