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Calipari expects Marcus Lee to stay in the Draft; Alex Poythress’ knee not fully recovered


John Calipari’s offseason presser is underway, and to start, Cal went through the list of players who are still deciding whether or not to stay in the NBA Draft. Cal said Marcus Lee worked out for a few teams before this week’s combine, and he expects him to stay in the Draft.

“Marcus is a little different. Marcus really wants to do this. My guess is he’ll keep his name in the Draft because he just really — this is what he wants to do. I just told him to go up there and do your thing and show them the athletic player that you are.”

Meanwhile, Cal said that the feedback Isaiah Briscoe’s gotten has been all about his shooting, but he isn’t sure whether or not Briscoe will return to school. Interestingly, Cal also said Alex Poythress’ knee still isn’t fully recovered.

“Alex is — it’s funny, his agent called and said, ‘Coach, his leg is not fully healed as far as it’s as strong as the other knee. We’re going to do that. We’re not going to let him go to the Combine, so one way or another he will not go to the Combine and we’re not going to let him work out for teams until we know he’s 100%.’ I was really happy to hear that they’re on top of it and this is about putting him in the best position he can be in. There are a lot of teams that like Alex, but he’s got to go in healthy and show that athleticism and stuff and he’ll be fine.”

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9 Comments for Calipari expects Marcus Lee to stay in the Draft; Alex Poythress’ knee not fully recovered

  1. RealCatsFan
    2:48 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

    Watching Alex play this past year, there were times where it was evident that his explosiveness was not where it was last year. I suspect this was related to the knee. Perhaps he would get the occasional jolt of pain, or perhaps he was relying on the weaker injured leg on these occasions. Hope he heals up and has a decent shot at an NBA gig.

    Wish Marcus was coming back, but have to respect his decision – it is his to make. Hope it works out for him in any case. He is a quality person, and like Alex, he was a great ambassador to UK sports.

    • Luether
      6:53 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

      Too bad because Alex could have had an additional year – he declined to apply for a medical redshirt…

  2. whack0001
    2:54 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

    Neither lee nor poythress have anywhere close to the skills required to play in the NBA. Lee is what Cal would call “delusional”.

    • PretendRyanLemond
      3:05 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

      ^Yes, but Cal needs to find room for Bolden which is why he isn’t saying anything. By pushing Lee to the NBA, we can get Bolden who will be an upgrade.

    • Saul T. Nuts
      4:14 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

      There are plenty of guys in the NBA that can’t shoot. He does everything else well, especially run and jump. In the next couple of years, if he can add about 20lbs of muscle, then he might find a niche in the NBA.

    • whack0001
      5:20 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

      Are you talking about lee or poythress? I’m assuming lee since you said he needs to add muscle. If that’s the case, you are crazy. Other than run and jump, lee does nothing well whatsoever. There is no part of lee’s game that we will miss next year and nothing that a NBA team will want. BTW I’m fine with lee leaving to make room for Bolden but he will never play a significant minute of NBA basketball

  3. [email protected]
    4:15 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

    One Marcus goes….another Marcus comes…..

  4. mollydoglikesUK
    4:32 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

    He should have started the press conference by saying: “To Whom It May Concern (Marques Bolden)…”

  5. Larry Pratt
    11:17 pm May 11, 2016 Permalink

    I tried to say this same thing concerning Lee, yesterday. Of course, my comment is awaiting moderation until the end of time. Or Drew is sober. Whichever should happen to occur, first.