All we’ve heard since the first day Julius Randle set foot on campus is that he and Alex Poythress are going at each other in the gym and in the weight room. What Julius is doing, Alex is matching. What Alex is doing, Julius is matching. It’s a war between the two power forwards, and it’s bringing out the best of them.
A war is exactly what Poythress needed, too, after getting too comfortable last season with no one to push him for minutes. There’s no more being complacent in 2013-14, not this season. Randle forces the sophomore to bring it every single day.
“He’s bringing the competitive spirit out of me,” Poythress told Ryan Lemond. “I’ve gotta work hard everyday in practice; just gotta push myself in practice; gotta go at it; don’t take (anything) from nobody; and go hard everyday.”
Randle has drawn preseason praise unlike anything we’ve heard in recent years, except for maybe John Wall, and Poythress’ analysis of Randle is no different than what others have said. Randle is, for lack of a better term, a beast.
“He’s like a 6’9” freight train, really,” said Poythress, who would know Randle’s game better than anyone.
“You gotta stand your ground, learn how to play him. He’s going to be tough for somebody to guard once the seasons gets going and once he gets going.”
Once the season does get going, Kentucky will be on a quest for 40-0, whether they will all admit it or not. Some dodge the question, others acknowledge it, but Poythress jumped right in.
“If we put our mind to it, once everyone gels, I say we can do anything,” he said. “The sky is the limit for this team, so why not aim at 40-0? We might as well try to do it, right?”
“Why not? What’s stopping us? The only thing stopping us is us this year, so we might as well try to do it.”
Watch Alex Poythress’ entire interview with Ryan Lemond and KSR below…