Willie Cauley-Stein recovering from surgery, likely missing August trip

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Kentucky is in the process of finalizing an overseas trip in August, but Willie Cauley-Stein won't be participating.

The 7-footer suffered an ankle injury in the NCAA Tournament, forcing him to miss the Final Four, and he's still recovering from his April surgery.

“It will be a great trip for our fans to see this team for the first time, especially with Willie not playing,” Calipari told 247's Kentucky site. “Everybody is going to get more minutes and you get to see some different guys.”

Calipari said the most likely destination is the Bahamas, and he plans to do more than just line up pushovers.

Opponents are not set but the quality might be in line with a Dominican National Team.

“You can really see, in that environment, how they come together and where the leadership is going to come from,” Calipari said.

Cauley-Stein's recovery timetable could hurt some of the early on-court chemistry, but if there's one area Kentucky has replacements, it's the frontcourt. The Wildcats are absolutely loaded down low, with rising sophomores Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee joining Cauley-Stein as returnees. Alex Poythress will have to slide to the small forward position some, as top-10 recruits Trey Lyles and Karl Towns are entering the fold. The battle for minutes up front will be something to watch in Lexington next season.

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