Tag:Willie Cauley
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:03 am

Top-50 big man Willie Cauley pledges to Kentucky

By Jeff Borzello

It’s been an interesting and unpredictable several months for Willie Cauley.

He blew up on the spring and summer circuit after a solid school season, nabbing offers from a long list of high-major schools. Once Kentucky came into the picture, it looked like the Wildcats were the favorites for Cauley’s services. However, over the past two weeks or so, Kansas State, the local school, seemed like it became the leader for Cauley.

On Monday morning, Cauley ended his recruitment – by picking Kentucky.

In addition to Kansas State, the other two schools on his final list were Florida and Alabama.

The 6-foot-11 Cauley is the big man that John Calipari desperately needed in this class, providing an immediate defensive presence and shot-blocker in the paint. His offense is still raw, but he has very good athleticism and is developing his low-post game.

Interestingly, Cauley is also a star football player for Olathe Northwest (Kan.) and has expressed interest in playing wide receiver in college. His length and coordination make him a tough matchup on the gridiron and hardwood.

Cauley, the No. 46-ranked prospect in 2012, joins five-star guard Archie Goodwin in Kentucky’s 2012 class.

Photo: Lawrence Journal World

Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: October 21, 2011 12:03 pm

Notebook: Blaise Mbargorba goes with SMU

By Jeff Borzello

If SMU indeed moves to the Big East in the next couple of years, the Mustangs will need Big East-level talent.

They started the process on Friday, getting a commitment from Blaise Mbargorba. The news was first reported by Scout.com.

Mbargorba is a 6-foot-11 Cameroon native, who burst onto the scene in 2009 as a relative unknown. The Peddie School (N.J.) product is very strong and athletic, and he moves fairly well for someone his size. He knows how to get position inside, and he has soft hands. Mbargorba’s offense is still somewhat raw, but he continues to improve.

He was considered a Vanderbilt lean for most of his recruitment, but the Mustangs made a late run to snag him. Mbargorba also held offers from Temple, Virginia Tech, Saint Joseph’s, West Virginia, George Mason, Northwestern, Clemson, Charlotte, Cincinnati and Columbia.

Commitment Catch-Up:

  • D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown
  • Jordon Granger, Auburn
  • Ashauhn Dixon-Tatum, Auburn
  • Jordan Hare, Rhode Island
  • Brett Boese, Washington State
  • Richard Longrus, Washington State
  • Mychael Qualls, Arkansas
  • Ryan Rosburg, Missouri
  • Clyde Smith, TCU
  • Charles Hill, TCU
  • Kyle Molock, Saint Joseph’s
  • Zach En’Wezoh, Columbia

Important Visitors:

  • Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona
  • Willie Cauley, Kansas State
  • Phil Nolan, Clemson
  • Alex Poythress, Memphis
  • T.J. Warren, Georgetown
  • DaJuan Coleman, Ohio State
  • Gary Harris, Kentucky
  • Amile Jefferson, Kentucky
  • Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame (2013)
  • Allerik Freeman, Villanova (2013)
  • Keith Frazier, Arizona (2013)
  • Stephen Domingo, Arizona (2013)

Decision Time:

Dermarquise Johnson, a 2012 wing from Arizona, will choose Saturday between Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga and UNLV.
- Ioannis Papaetrou will choose between Texas and Kansas on Saturday
- On Monday, Terry Henderson will decide between NC State, Georgia, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fl.), Rutgers, George Mason and Richmond.

News and Notes:
2012 point guard Josh Gray decommitted from Mississippi State. 

Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:36 am
Edited on: October 3, 2011 10:45 am

Willie Cauley dominating on gridiron, too


Jeff Borzello

The idea of lining up across from a 7-foot center in basketball is scary enough, but what about a 7-foot wide receiver on the football field?

That’s what opponents of Olathe Northwest (Kan.) have had to deal with all season.

Willie Cauley, the No. 47 player in the class of 2012 for basketball, has been tearing it up on the gridiron this fall. Due to his size, speed and athleticism, he is a nightmare matchup for opposing cornerbacks. Over the weekend, Cauley had 11 catches for 223 yards and a touchdown. Through five games, he has racked up 38 receptions for 695 yards and nine touchdowns.

“I’ve played since I was in fourth grade,” Cauley said.

While he hasn’t really thought about playing both sports in high school, Kansas State has mentioned it. The Wildcats have attended multiple football games, while Kentucky has also been to one.

On the basketball recruiting front, Cauley is making progress. He cut his list to four schools last month, and has scheduled all his visits. Cauley will take a trip to Alabama this weekend, Kentucky for Big Blue Madness and Kansas State the following weekend.

Alabama has visited Olathe Northwest (Kan.), Kansas State is coming today, while Kentucky has also made a stop at the school.

The fourth school on his list is Florida; he visited the Gators in mid-September.

“[I liked] the coaches and people,” Cauley said.

Interestingly, Cauley isn’t sure what he’s looking for in a school. He is heading into each visit with an open mind in order to get a complete feel for what the school offers.

Cauley was one of the fastest-rising big men in the country during the spring and summer. He is extremely long and runs the floor better than most players at his position. Cauley is capable of knocking down mid-range jumpers, but is also active on the offensive glass and around the rim. He is also a very good shot-blocker.

“I’m working on 14-16-foot jumpers and ball-handling,” he said. “I’m still trying to figure out what I do bring to the table.”

There are some people who think Cauley is a Kentucky lean, and while that might be true, he claims there are no favorites.

Either way, the end is in sight for Cauley’s recruitment.

“I want to sign in November,” he said.

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