A week ago would you have expected the following 3 descriptions from an opposing coach on Alex Poythress following a game? “Really tough on boards”… “really strong” …”a big difference maker”? Probably not.
Those were all of the words used by LSU’s coach Johnny Jones to describe the performance of Kentucky’s inconsistent freshman Alex Poythress. Poythress was anything but inconsistent today, posting his first double-double of the season, leading Kentucky to a win today with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
John Calipari was glowing about Poythress’ performance after the game as well. “I was so proud of Alex. I can’t begin to tell ya. He has basically, in his mind, been tortured to play hard and compete. It’s like torture to him. Making him run, making him do individuals. For him to go out and make those free throws, and come up with those balls to help us win that game…And he smiled. First time he’s smiled all year. When he walked off the court, he smiled. I was happy with him.”
“He’s getting it…Without him, we don’t win.”
I think we can probably all agree on that.
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