The national media is just going crazy over Poythress. It seems like they can’t get enough of him on the floor. I know I can’t.
Yesterday Nick Roush posted a story on Yahoo Sports’ Ricky O’Donnell’s comments on Alex Poythress. O’Donnell had nothing but praise for Alex and warned the college basketball world about what will come from Poythress this upcoming season. He isn’t the only one to hop on the Poythress wagon after seeing his performance in the first three games in the Bahamas this past week.
Jon Rothstein also posted yesterday that he believes Poythress will have a ‘monster junior season.
The 6-foot-7 forward has been terrific in the Wildcats’ first few games during a foreign tour in the Bahamas (13.6 PPG, 8.0 RPG) and appears primed for a monster junior season. Poythress came to Lexington a few years back with the looks of being a one-and-done player, and now he seems ready to be one of the better “Glue Guys” in college basketball. The bouncy forward isn’t going to be the first guy that NBA scouts rave about when they evaluate the Wildcats, but Poythress’ experience, defensive prowess, and ability to win “50-50” plays make him a pivotal piece for John Calipari’s squad.
All this was said before they even saw his amazing performance on the court today.
Last year Poythress received alot of attention for his offseason performance, however he fell short of expectations until the end of the season and in the NCAA Tournament. This offseason Poythress is once again turning into a focal point of the Wildcats and it’s nice to see the media has not given up on him.
We have watched Poythress grow over the past three years and with no one stepping up to the “leadership” role left unfilled by Randle’s departure, it seems that Poythress is an early front runner to be the glue (in Rothstein’s words) that keeps this basketball family together.
Read the rest of Rothstein’s article for more information about Poythress and some information on the Wildcats’ depth.