It’s something that has been discussed on KSR and throughout the Commonwealth for quite some time now. Alex Poythress will be the glue that holds this team together this year, at least that’s what CBS’ Jon Rothstein thinks as he listed the 10 glue guys to watch in college hoops this season.
Rothstein says the following about Poythress: “On a team full of five-star players, Poythress should excel as somebody who can make a big impact without needing the ball. The 6-9 power forward averaged 11.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game when the Wildcats played six exhibition games in the Bahamas during the Summer of 2014 and he will be a key piece for Kentucky after suffering a torn ACL last December. Look for John Calipari to use Poythress at the four in an effort to utilize his ability to exploit bigger opponents and get to the offensive glass.”
That’s the key. Poythress allows Calipari to mix and match his lineup and dictate how the Wildcats can play. At the collegiate level, Poythress is an excellent power forward due to his athleticism and length, allowing Kentucky to play three guards and still not give up a size advantage. If Coach Cal wants to go crazy (let’s not put it past him) he could even slide Poythress to the five spot and surround him with four shooters. Hey, it worked for Golden State and Draymond Green and Cal always talks about preparing his guys for the NBA.
It could very well be true Poythress is the most important player for the Wildcats because of his versatility. Again, this is most important, not the best player or anything of that sort. But, his experience and ability to play at least three positions makes him as vital to the Wildcats as anyone.