Kings take former Olathe Northwest star Cauley-Stein with 6th overall pick in NBA draft

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have drafted Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein with the sixth overall pick in the NBA Draft.

Vice President Vlade Divac took Cauley-Stein on Thursday night in his first major move since taking over the organization this offseason from departed general manager Pete D’Alessandro.

Cauley-Stein averaged just 7.9 points per game in three seasons at Kentucky but is considered to be an elite defender capable of blocking shots, playing in the post and defending pick and rolls. Cauley-Stein averaged 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game in college while shooting 60 percent from the field.

He could form a formidable inside duo with another former Kentucky star in DeMarcus Cousins if the Kings don’t trade Cousins.

Cauley-Stein graduated from Olathe Northwest High School in 2012 before going to Kentucky.