Wildcats' Cauley-Stein earns SEC freshman honors

Wildcats' Cauley-Stein earns SEC freshman honors

Credit: AP

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein (15) dunks in front of Lafayette's Nathaniel Musters (54) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:55 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein's week of career highs has earned the Wildcats' big man his second Southeastern Conference freshman of the week selection.
 
A backup to Nerlens Noel before his fellow freshman's season-ending left knee injury on Feb. 12 at Florida, the 7-foot  Cauley-Stein had big games against Missouri. His post presence helped the Wildcats (19-8, 10-4) build their credentials for an at-large NCAA tournament bid -- if needed.
 
Cauley-Stein blocked a career-high seven shots and tied a career best with 12 rebounds Saturday in a 90-83 overtime over Missouri. In Kentucky's 74-7 victory Wednesday against Vanderbilt, he had a career-high 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting, a team-high seven rebounds and three blocks.
 
The Olathe, Kan., native averaged 13.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and five blocks for the week.

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