"Willie was the most pleasant surprise of our offseason workouts. He had no idea how good he could be until he got to campus. Now that he's had time to put on weight and gain confidence, we're seeing a different player who understands he can play with anyone in the country." -- Head coach John Calipari
2012-13 SEC Freshman of the Week (1/7, 2/25) ... Freshman All-SEC ... Recorded seven points and nine rebounds vs. Vanderbilt in SEC Tournament ... Posted six points, eight rebounds and four blocks in win over Florida ... Tallied fourth double-double and second straight with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Georgia ... Registered third double-double of the season with 13 points, 10 rebounds to go with four blocks at Arkansas ... Tallied 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks in win over Mississippi State ... Posted career-high seven blocks and tied career high with 12 boards in win over Missouri ... Posted a career-high 20 points in win over Vanderbilt while grabbing seven rebounds and blocking three shots ... Scored 10 points, while grabbing six rebounds at Florida ... Perfect 5-for-5 from the field in win over Auburn, finishing with 12 points ... Scored 13 points on 5-7 shooting from the field, while grabbing six rebounds and blocking two shots in win over South Carolina ... Grabbed eight rebounds, while tying career highs in blocks (4) and assists (4) in SEC debut at Vanderbilt ... Recorded second double-double of the season against Eastern Michigan with 11 points and 11 rebounds to go with two blocks and two steals in 22 minutes ... Tallied game-highs in rebounds (8) and blocks (3) in first-career start against Louisville ... Scored eight points while grabbing seven rebounds and blocking three shots against Marshall ... Recorded career-best four assists and tied personal best three steals against Lipscomb ... Pulled down seven rebounds and blocked three shots in win over Portland ... Posted UK's first double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds to go with four blocks against Samford ... Recorded six points, seven rebounds and two blocks against Baylor ... Totalled 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in win over LIU Brooklyn ... Scored a personal-best 14 points against Lafayette ... Tallied eight points, six rebounds and four blocks in his collegiate debut against Maryland ... Posted eight points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 27 minutes off the bench against Northwood ... Scored 12 points and registered three steals in exhibition against Transylvania ... Averaged 10.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and three assists, while shooting .875 (7-of-8) from the field in exhibition play.
High School Averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds as a junior ... Ranked the 10th best center in the country by Scout.com and ESPNU Recruiting and the sixth best by Rivals.com ... Ranked 20th overall by Scout, while ESPNU rated him at 32nd and Rivals at 39th. He also stars on the football field, catching 57 passes for 1,140 yards and 14 touchdowns through nine games in 2011 as a wide receiver.
Personal Son of Willie Cauley and Marlene Stein ... Chose Kentucky over Alabama, Florida and Kansas State ... Born Aug. 18, 1993 in Spearville, Kan.