Coach Cal met with media prior to today’s practice in the Joe Craft Center and Alex Poythress was a hot topic, just as he has been over the last couple weeks. Calipari continues to praise his sophomore forward for how great he has been in practice and in games, and for the progress he has made on the court, and mentally, since last season.
“Alex played great,” Coach Cal said of Poythress’ night in Fayetteville. “He’s grown leaps and bounds. He was unbelievable. Again, he’s doing things that no one else on our team can do right now. He is building his own self-esteem, his own self-confidence — it’s all him.”
And that offensive rebound to keep Kentucky alive in overtime?
“Unbelievable. No one else — I don’t know another player in the country that could’ve made that play and I know no one our team could make it.”
Too bad Poythress’ late-game heroics were short-lived. Damn you, Michael Qualls and your perfectly-timed explosiveness.