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Yahoo!: Poythress is ready for his moment at Kentucky

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Heading into the Big Blue Bahamas tour, the question burning hotter than any other was will  Alex Poythress reach his potential and play like the #1 pick he can be?  We’re halfway home and Poythress has not disappointed.

Poythress has been an absolute brute inside.  When things haven’t gone his way instead of disappearing on the court, he’s responded by increasing his physicality.  He’s playing like the vocal leader this team needs, leading the team in points (13.7) and rebounds (8).

Yahoo Sports’ Ricky O’Donnell is the first to warn the nation of a more powerful Poythress.

Two years can feel like an eternity at Kentucky with the way Calipari recruits every summer. Make it back for a third and there’s a good chance you’ll be going pro in something other than basketball. That’s not the case with Poythress (or Cauley-Stein, for that matter), though. At 6’8, 240 pounds and with top-level athleticism, Poythress has the makings of a first round pick.

Of course, Poythress is only back for his junior season for a reason. Had he come out last year, he likely would have been a second round pick. He needs to develop a jump shot and improve his handle if he’s going to transition to becoming a full-time small forward. It’ll be a challenge for someone who has mostly played the four throughout his career, but the size and versatility to defend either forward spot is part of what makes him unique.

REMEMBER: this is just the warm-up tour.  #ItsOKtoGeek

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for Yahoo!: Poythress is ready for his moment at Kentucky

  1. Haha
    1:02 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Ricky O works for SBNation not Yahoo.

    • Haha
      1:12 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

      Nick I think you’re confused because Yahoo reposted Ricky’s article.

    • Al B. Frank
      1:53 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

      Haha… who cares where Ricky O works?

    • somerset bill
      2:52 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

      exactly right, al b., ricky o’s a hater. here’s a couple more of his quotes from the article:

      “This is the way it works at Kentucky, where John Calipari shamelessly sells Lexington as a brief rest stop on the road to NBA millions.”

      “Kentucky has unofficially started its season before anyone else, using a six-game exhibition slate in the Bahamas as a way to get in extra practices under NCAA rules and face competition that isn’t a scrimmage.”

      that last one is so full of it. it’s like a creative writing assignment to take this preseason trip and characterize it in the darkest possible language. it probably took a couple of rewrites to darken it down to that level. “unofficially” (sounds like a wink away from illegally). “before anyone else” (except for carolina and all the other teams taking their once in four year trips). “to get in extra practices” (typical calipari, gaming the system).

      and then there was this line which seems to be not from this article. it might be just a headline of another linked article:

      “Only Kentucky can recruit as well as Arizona.” that’s one way of wording it, i suppose.

  2. Jughead
    1:26 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Will all UK hoops games be on the SEC Network this year?

    I cut the cord, but it might be worth it to reconnect to watch this season.

    • Haha
      1:48 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

      Good job, now if only Nick would use it…

  3. gordonm
    1:47 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Poythress has shown outstanding character by staying at UK to improve himself.

    He could have had a big head after coming out of high school:
    Seventh overall player and the No. 3 small forward by
    Rated eighth overall and No. 2 at his position by
    ESPNU recruiting ranked him13th overall and No. 3 at his position.

    Do not understand this talk that this team doesn’t have small forward.

  4. superdave
    2:12 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    The look in Poythress eyes remind me of Dave Chappelle as Prince floating down after dunking the ball.

    Game, Wildcats.

    • Loc Mo
      2:32 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink


  5. Dad101
    2:17 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

    Nice to see Alex living up to expectations. I wish him well this year. As a lazy stat junky. I saw Alex’s stats listed for the tour so far. I could add up all of the stat sheets, but as I said, I am Lazy! Does anyone know of the tour stats being listed somewhere? Thanks BBN

    • bigbluetruth
      2:24 pm August 14, 2014 Permalink

      Yes, go to older post maybe yesterday or Tuesday on here. Alex is leading team in points and rebounds. 15.3 pts a game.