Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, and Tyler Ulis all met with the media this afternoon to discuss next season and basically assure fans that the sky’s not falling. In fact, all three were very confident in what lies ahead.
Alex Poythress is still rehabbing after surgery to repair a torn ACL, and says he’s jogging right now and will move to single leg jumps soon. Alex acknowledged that he could have gone to the NBA Draft this season, but he’s still got unfinished business at Kentucky.
“It’s been a struggle and a journey. That’s how it is with ACL injuries. It’ll all be worth it when I finish rehab,” Alex told reporters. “I feel the sky’s the limit for me. So I feel I can accomplish great things. Just stay on track with the plan.”
Poythress said Calipari wants him to step up and be a leader this season. “He wants me to run practice,” Alex said. After three years, Alex is more than familiar with the pressure of playing at Kentucky. “I’m used to it by now. The new guys will have to learn that. Tyler, Marcus and I will be there to help them along the way. It’s just hard. When you get here, you have to face reality and everything, but I feel like we have a great group of guys coming in and they’ll be able to handle it.”
Marcus Lee may have put it best when someone asked him if he, Tyler, and Alex are ready for their time to shine next season. “Definitely. We’ve talked about that already. Especially when Alex comes back, it’s going to be game over. That’s how we’ve been thinking about it.”