Willie Cauley-Stein, who declared for the NBA Draft last month, has let the world know that he wants to be known now by the name Willie Trill Cauley-Stein.
With name changes (think Ron Artest to Metta World Peace and Chad Johnson to Chad Ochocinco) all the rage these days, the former Kentucky standout thought, “why not me?” Although to be on point, Cauley-Stein only tweaked his name.
From the Lexington Herald-Leader:
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.
Cauley-Stein, err, Trill Cauley-Stein or whatever you want to call him is expected to be a lottery pick in June’s NBA Draft. NBADraft.net has him going No.10 to the Miami Heat, while DraftExpress.com has “Trill” going No. 6 to Sacramento.
According to Urban Dictionary, Trill is meant to be someone who is well-respected while combining the words “true” and “real.”