(NEW YORK) -- Basketball fans have grown accustomed to Kentucky players leaving after their freshman year to enter the NBA Draft. In a move that may come as a surprise to many, center Willie Cauley-Stein will return to Kentucky for his junior season.
Cauley-Stein was expected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming draft, and could have possibly been a lottery pick. Despite the chance to reach the NBA, he's staying in school.
"I want to come back and have a chance to win a national championship, while also getting closer to earn my degree," Cauley-Stein said in a statement. "Being at the Final Four this year was special, but not being able to help my teammates on the floor was tough. I look forward to helping us get back there next year, while playing in front of the best fans in the nation."
While Cauley-Stein may have been a lottery pick in the upcoming draft, he still could improve his game on the offensive end. If he can develop a more all-around game, he could find himself being drafted in the top-10 next year.
This past season, Cauley-Stein averaged 6.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game.
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