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Jon Rothstein agrees with Yahoo on Poythress




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.




Article written by Courtney Hessler

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5 Comments for Jon Rothstein agrees with Yahoo on Poythress

  1. ukstu96
    6:21 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    This is the Poythress we all have been waiting to see! He will be the glue guy this year and once he develops a mid-range jumper, he will be unstoppable!! I can’t think of any other forward in the country with his upside and I’m very glad he wears the Blue and White of UK!! Go Big Blue!

  2. sckysportsink
    7:08 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    Last year (prior to March) he seemed to lack confidence. This year he doesn’t seem hesitant. He seems to know what he wants to do and knows he can do it. Go AP and go Cats!

    • ukstu96
      7:24 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah, I think his confidence has been the major turn around. Its obvious he has had the talent from when he first arrived and is now finally unleashing it! Good points..

  3. ElwonSeafour
    11:31 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    And if he graduates next year with a high GPA, Bobby Knight and the other Cal haters will have a group hemorrhage.

  4. Don Tucker
    10:00 am August 16, 2014 Permalink

    If Alex was playing 30 minutes and continuing that play, that’s 20 ppg and 12 rpg. That’s 40 minute averages of 27 ppg and 16 rpg. That is crazy production. With all of this talent, I don’t see players averaging anything over 28 mpg. The tough games will see some 30 minute games for the starters, but they could benefit greatly from the rest to be at full energy when in the game. Teams better be slowing the pace big time against the Cats.