WCS Named First Team All-America

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein has been named First Team All-America by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

It's the second national honor for the junior center/forward from Olathe, Kan., who picked up First Team All-American status from The Sporting News last week.

Cauley-Stein is coming off an SEC Tournament performance which saw him score 42 points, grab 21 rebounds and block seven shots in the Wildcats' three-game run to the championship. He is averaging 9.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while establishing himself as arguably the nation's best and most versatile defensive player. He leads UK in steals (44) and is second on the team in blocked shots (56).

While his raw stats don't jump off the page, USBWA voters recognized Cauley-Stein's value on a deep, 34-0 team for which the 7-footer only averages 25 minutes per game.

Earlier this season, Cauley-Stein became the first player in school history to record more than 200 career blocks and 100 career steals.

F Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky (7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.)
G Jerian Grant, Notre Dame (6-5, 204, Sr., Bowie, Md.)
F Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin (7-0, 242, Sr., Lisle, Ill.)
C Jahlil Okafor, Duke (6-11, 270, Fr., Chicago, Ill.)
G D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State (6-5, 180, Fr., Louisville, Ky.)

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