Willie Trill Cauley-Stein was born in Spearville, Kansas, to Willie Cauley and Marlene Stein. His father played college basketball at Dodge City Community College and for one season at the University of Pittsburgh. As a sophomore, Cauley-Stein transferred to Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kansas. During his junior season, he averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He was considered a four-star basketball recruit by Rivals.com and was listed as the No. 9 center and the No. 40 player in the nation in 2012. Cauley-Stein also gained recognition on the football field, playing wide receiver and catching 57 passes for 1,140 yards and 14 touchdowns in nine games in 2011. Cauley-Stein has helped design a collection of custom watches, with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society in honor of a late childhood friend. Learn more about Cauley-Stein by following him on Twitter (@THEwillieCS15) and Instagram (@pr00fessortrill).
Willie Cauley-Stein just completed his sixth NBA season and his first with the Mavericks in 2020-21. He was acquired by Dallas from Golden State in exchange for a second-round pick on Jan. 25, 2020 and re-signed with the club for 2020-21.
Cauley-Stein (7-0, 240) holds career averages of 9.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks and 22.6 minutes per game in 402 games (254 starts) with Sacramento, Golden State and Dallas. The 7-footer, who is a career 54.5 percent shooter, has shot at least 50 percent from the floor in each of his six professional seasons. He earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors with the Kings in 2015-16.
The Spearville, Kansas, native was drafted sixth overall by Sacramento in 2015 after a three-year college career at Kentucky. As a junior (2014-15), he was named First Team All-SEC, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus First Team All-American. Cauley-Stein was also a two-time All-SEC Defensive Team selection (2013-14, 2014-15) and garnered SEC All-Freshman Team honors for the Wildcats in 2012-13.