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UK Pro Day highlights lingering questions



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.

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.



Article written by Ricki Barker

Writer of things. Watcher of sports. Wearer of blue. Sometimes all at once.

8 Comments for UK Pro Day highlights lingering questions

  1. Probably Not
    8:50 pm October 11, 2015 Permalink

    Lingering question???? Why is Lee shooting 18 footers in the scrimmage. Last thing we want to see in a game is him shooting beyond 3 feet from the hoop.

  2. Wildcat Wonder
    9:11 pm October 11, 2015 Permalink

    The real question here is, who’s the girl sitting behind Poythress in the stands?

    • Boone's Butcher Shop
      9:13 am October 12, 2015 Permalink


  3. Catsrus
    9:28 pm October 11, 2015 Permalink

    Cal is an innovator and one of my slight worries has been quieted : that is he gives away so many secrets of his technique in these appearances. Other coaches hold their trade secrets close to their chests. So I conclude that Cal being innovative can stay ahead of the pack. Coach K never misses a trick and he now has jumped headlong into the One and Done recruiting. I believe K followed Cal on this and has an NCAA to show for it. You look at Coach K’s roster and he has only Amile Jefferson who played major minutes last year. He recruited 4 5 star players and 4 others. So I think we are ahead of him by recruiting 3 five stars and having Ulis, Lee and Alex returning. Athlon picks UK as National Champs and Duke as runner up so this could be the difference. Seth and Jay mentioned several times what a difference it would have made to have had Alex guarding Dekker so its clear they see him as the missing piece last year ( and the added piece this year. I might add that Seth Greenburg is a brilliant Coach and analyst.

  4. Catsrus
    9:32 pm October 11, 2015 Permalink

    Correction: Duke also had Matt Jones playing major minutes last year. My Bad…

  5. Luther
    9:32 pm October 11, 2015 Permalink

    KSR should quit showing that goovy-ass pic of Skal.

    Come on. Get a better pic of the Hatian sensation…

  6. Peter
    12:21 am October 12, 2015 Permalink

    Five years ago Skal was pulled away alive from the debris along with his mother and brother, when his home collapsed in the Haiti 2010 earthquake. A few months later after the earthquake, he moves to the USA and plays basketball as a 8th grader at a school in Memphis. And as time went on, he played some high school ball. He was declared ineligible to play ball last year because he was a transfer to a new school. As the last 5 years has gone by, I still do not see any indication of him playing Pro ball anywhere! He should be declared eligible immediately by the NCAA… What do you think about this?

    • BAdams
      9:57 am October 12, 2015 Permalink

      Exactly. Declare him eligible and go worry about the real problems, like UNC. It’s amazing how you hear nothing but crickets pertaining to their case, but they were all over Larry Brown for one kid. It’s ridiculous.