Freshman guard James Young is day-to-day after a left shoulder sprain he suffered during preseason practice. Willie Cauley-Stein returned to practice with stitches in his right hand during the first preseason session and has been wearing a glove to protect his injury. Coach Calipari says Cauley-Stein is close to being back to 100%.
First, an injury report. James Young missed practice with a left shoulder sprain. He is listed as day to day. Willie Cauley-Stein is no longer wearing that glove to protect his right hand that he was wearing at Big Blue Madness. He’s pretty close to being back to 100 percent – and it looked like that Thursday, but more on that in a bit.
Now, for the highlight of practice: You know how I said Cauley-Stein is nearing 100 percent? Thursday he threw down one of the dunks of the preseason. Cauley-Stein caught the ball at the top of the key, put his head down as he drove on Willis, and then just reared up and dunked all over the help-side defender, Dakari Johnson. He took off between the arc underneath the basket and the SEC logo and finished with a one-hand dunk, which was the most important part. The one hand was his injured right hand, which tells me it’s not bothering him anymore. What also struck me about the play was Cauley-Stein’s ability to put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket. Remember, he’s 7 feet tall. Think NBA scouts like that? Uh, yeah, I think so, too.
Click here for a full practice report of each of the players.