Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein tweets he'll return for junior year

Willie Cauley-Stein's return means UK will have a tremendous front line. (USATSI)

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Monday gave us two surprising decisions in the state of Kentucky.

First we had Montrezl Harrell tweeting out his decision to bypass this year's NBA Draft and head back to Louisville.

And a few hours later, Kentucky sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein did this:

This is big news for Kentucky. Cauley-Stein becomes the latest potential lottery pick to opt out of heading to the NBA, instead choosing to stay the course as an undergrad.

Kentucky, who we already put at No. 7 in our Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one), might well be considered a preseason top five team in many outlets by next fall. Cauley-Stein is one of the few true centers in college hoops. He was felled in the Sweet 16 by a foot injury that kept him out for the remainder of Kentucky's NCAA Tournament run.

The Wildcats lost a week ago in the national title game to Connecticut.

Earlier on Monday, UK John Calipari said on radio that he couldn't figure how Kentucky even managed to get so far in the NCAAs without Cauley-Stein's availability.

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