It sounds like Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein will be making his return to the court very soon.
The 7-foot junior had initially anticipated returning to practice after the team arrived home from its Bahamas trip.
That turned out to not be the case as coach John Calipari confirmed on Sunday that he had not participated in any practices or pick-up games to this point.
“Well he didn’t play,” said Calipari after his fantasy camp on Sunday. “They played pickup yesterday, someone said he didn’t play. So I didn’t see it, but he’ll begin to do it.”
Calipari changed his tune a bit later, however, as he told the Courier Journal’s Kyle Tucker that the plan is for Cauley-Stein to begin participating in individual instruction and pick-up games with the team once Calipari returns from taking his son, Brad, to prep school. Meaning Cauley-Stein should ideally return to the court sometime this week.
This comes as big news for the Cats, who are also missing freshman big man Trey Lyles due to a lingering injury to his left leg. It will likely be a while longer before Lyles makes his return to the court, but he is still expected to be ready for the start of regular practice in October.
Cauley-Stein has been sidelined for right around four months after injuring his ankle last April.
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