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NBA Draft prospect Willie Cauley-Stein legally changes his middle name to “Trill”

WIllie Cauley-Stein

WIllie Cauley-Stein

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Willie Cauley-Stein is about to become one of the basketball Internet’s favorite players. The Kentucky big man, projected as a lottery pick in next month’s draft, has officially changed his middle name to “Trill.” His full legal name is Willie Trill Cauley-Stein.


Former University of Kentucky basketball star Willie Cauley-Stein’s hyphenated last name is official now, as is a change in his middle name.

Cauley-Stein, 21, was born Willie Durmond Cauley Jr. He filed a name-change order Friday with the Probate Division of the Fayette District Court to legally change his name to Willie Trill Cauley-Stein.

“I want to include my mother’s last name,” was Cauley-Stein’s reason for the change.

Cauley-Stein’s mother, Marlene Stein, said her son decided to change his middle name since he was already there to change his last name.

Trill is the “nickname his ‘boys’ call him,” Stein said.

This is incredible. It should move him up at least five spots on anyone’s draft board, if not making him the presumptive No. 1 pick. Most of all, if Jay Bilas does the ESPN draft telecast again, he’s going to have fun with it.