Cauley adds value at UK

Kentucky lands a valuable and needed piece in four-star center Willie Cauley.

Things were beginning to get very real for the Kentucky Wildcats on the recruiting trail. After missing out on Dajuan Coleman and not making the final cut for Mitch McGary, it was starting to look a little bleak for their interior targets. Then late on Sunday night they got the news that Willie Cauley had decided to commit allowing their legion of fans and their coaches breathe a little easier.

At 6-foot-11 and 215 pounds, Cauley is one of the most projectable bigs in the 2012 class. Cauley has come a long way in the last two seasons, and now is considered one of the best big men in the country with his offensive game improving to go along with his very impressive defense.

Where Cauley really fits in comes in the way he plays. As evidenced by the fact that he is one of the top wide receivers in the state of Kansas this season, Cauley runs the floor as well if not better than every other center in the country.

This is very important because one look at the Widlcats' roster and it is easy to see that they will have to play with a lot of pace starting in 2012-13. Under the assumption that Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis don't return for the 2012 season, only Kyle Wiltjer and Cauley look to be players taller than 6-foot-7 on the roster.

On top of that, the UK guards are almost all built to run. Fellow class of 2012 member Archie Goodwin is at his best in transition, so are point guards Marquis Teague and Ryan Harrow, as is wing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. All of that leads to the Wildcats getting out and really pushing the pace against opposing defenses.

Now you add in the fact that Cauley can simply run the floor, block shots, and collect rebounds, and the Wildcats have a piece to their puzzle that is very important, and something that fits perfectly with what they want to do.

Kentucky will need to try and add one or two more pieces in this class, but landing Cauley was huge. In their offense, which is predicated on ball screens and attacking the rim from the guard spot, Cauley will be asked to active on the glass, which is what he does best, and to finish right around the rim.

Then on defense Cauley, who will play man-to-man, is going to be primarily responsible for guarding the rim and blocking shots while cleaning the defensive glass. Those are both things he does at a high level.

With that Kentucky not only has the type of big man they need in this class, but more importantly they have a big man in this class, because things were starting to look a little bit thin on the frontline in Lexington.

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