Poythress slams it home, via Robert Smith of the Leaf-Chronicle (and not of The Cure)
It’s my birthday and I’m stuck studying for finals still, so I’m going to keep this on a simple and happy topic – elite recuits. Is it possible that Alex Poythress is better than advertised? It’s quite hard to imagine a Calipari recruit being underrated considering they’re almost always 5-star kids, but the KSR Magic 8-Ball says, “As I see it, yes.” We’ve all heard about Matt’s mancrush on Poythress and Calipari’s burning desire for this recruit, and it looks like they were both very justified in their love. Alex is absolutely killing it so far this Fall. Let’s take a look at how Alex’s high school season is going…
– At the moment, his Northeast (Clarksville, TN) Eagles are 9-0 and leading their district-conference-thingy. If you check out the video below, you’ll see that Alex notices the blue that seems to appear at all of his games now. It’s not hard for the mist to show up once you sign with the Cats, especially in you’re in nearby Tenneessee.
– Alex is averaging 29 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 6.5 blocks per game. If you’re a hater, you may be thinking, “Well, duh. Any 5-star recruit should average those numbers. Well, when I was in high school, I put up those numbers all the time.” 1) No, you didn’t and 2) Alex is dominating without even having to play full games and his team is still winning. In his most recent outing on December 13th, Poythress sat nearly the entire fourth quarter, having already put up 28, 14, and 6.
– In one game, Alex grabbed 25 boards. 25! Even Jorts is jealous.
– He works at Wendy’s, which has already been mentioned on KSR. But still, how cool is that.
– It seems that Alex is following in the path of Kidd-Gilchrist, in a way. He is a freak athlete – strong, fast, incredible leaper. Plus, he’s a ‘gamer’. He comes into the gym ready to play (at least this season) at such a high-level in order to get his team the win. We’ll see how long it takes before Northeast loses a game, but right now, Alex is literally dominating the game. His presence dictates how teams approach the game, and he still breaks through. The Tennessee HS talent obviously pales in comparison to DI ball, but Alex could easily be the starting PF next year.
– Poythress is currently ranked overall in the class of 2012 at #19 (Rivals), #16 (Scout), and #17 (ESPN). While high school seasons don’t necessarily effect rankings in a huge way, I do expect to see Alex move up. In the minds of many, he is a top-10 player in this class. And if you ask Coach Cal who he’d take over Alex, I doubt he be able to name anyone another than Shabazz.
– He shoots a BEAUTIFUL FREE THROW (and we all know how important those are after this weekend…ugh). Don’t believe me? See for yourself, and check out the last part of the video where he discusses his season and Kentucky. And be sure to go watch Alex when he comes to Lexington on January 7th!