College Basketball Recruiting: Top Center Willie Cauley Picks Kentucky Wildcats

Eric HampfordContributor IIIOctober 31, 2011

7'0" center Willie Cauley
7'0" center Willie Cauley

Willie Cauley, a 7'0", 225-pound center from Olathe Northwest High School (KS) has decided to become the second recruit for John Calipari's 2012 Kentucky Wildcat class. He chose the Wildcats over Alabama, Florida and Kansas State.

The lean 7-footer is a two sport star for Northwest High, also being a star wide receiver on the football team. Coach Cal attended his game this past Friday night, showing his loyalty to the center prospect. 

He joins Arkansas recruit and likely 2012 McDonald's All-American Archie Goodwin in Lexington next season. This is a huge commitment for Calipari, going into Kansas and snatching him away from Frank Martin and the Kansas State Wildcats. 

Kentucky will be getting an athletic shot-blocking prospect who figures to be a multi-year starting front court player in Cal's dribble-drive offense. He is raw on the offensive end of the floor, but with quality coaching he can become a dominating force in the SEC. 

He is a Top 40 prospect on the national level and his game has been constantly improving over the past two years. Kentucky will now set their sights on Alex Poythress, another Top 50 prospect. He is a 6'8" bouncy power forward from Northeast High School in Tennessee.