We are an hour into UK’s Pro Day, which if you aren’t watching live right now on ESPNU-you should be, and two of the big questions surrounding UK basketball has already been addressed by analysts Doris Burke, Seth Greenberg, Jay Williams and Andy Katz.
First up, was the chatter surrounding Alex Poythress and his recovery from a season-ending ACL injury last year. So far, Alex looks like he is moving pretty smoothly on his repaired knee and easily dispatched a two-handed dunk earlier in the practice. Previously in interviews, Poythress claimed he was ready to move forward in the season and at practice, but Coach John Calipari said the massive big man is still recovering.
Poythress himself admitted he did not participate in earlier agility drills, but told Andy Katz he is confident in his knee.
“I think it’s pretty good – it’s coming back,” the senior said when asked about his lateral quickness.
Williams said the real tell in Poythress’s recovery would be how he handled the two-a-day practices the team has been doing the past week and after noting a slight preference to his left leg during practice, wondered if Poythress trusted his knee 100 percent.
So far though, Alex is looking massive and confident on the court.
Skal Labissiere’s eligibility concern was quickly squashed by the analysts and especially Andy Katz, when he noted that it was not an academic issue because Skal would not be participating in practices if that was the case.
Katz claimed it was an, “amateurism issue, not an academic issue” on Twitter. Williams, like many of us, bemoaned the long wait by the NCAA in declaring Skal eligible saying that it “blew his mind” how long they were taking.
However, Greenburg asked whether it really mattered how long the NCAA took to declare Skal ready for play.
“Who cares if it takes forever to clear him,” Greenburg told Williams and Burke. “There aren’t any games going on right now.”
Katz also noted that it wasn’t abnormal for the NCAA to lag in declaring a player eligible. According to Matt Jones, UK isn’t concerned with the wait.
Andy Katz says that the Skal Labissiere NCAA issue is an "amateurism issue not an academic issue"…I still hear UK is not concerned
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) October 11, 2015
And just a side note: Apparently 85 scouts RSVP’d to UK’s Pro Day and all 30 NBA teams are represented at the practice, why? Because it’s Kentucky, that’s why.