Oct 24, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) dribbles the ball against guard Jarrod Polson (5) during the Kentucky-Blue and White crimmage at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Preview: #22 Alex Poythress


#22 Alex Poythress
6’7″ 239 lbs.
Freshman- Forward
Northeast HS
Clarksville, Tenn.
2011-12 Season Stats (Senior Year):
28.2 ppg
11.1 rpg
4.3 bpg

When you first take a look at Alex Poythress, it’s hard to tell exactly what position he plays. At first glance, he’s a power forward, but he can play like a small forward or a shooting guard. At 6-foot-7, 240 pounds, he is easily Kentucky’s most versatile player this season. He is a mix of Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: He is able to play in the post as well as drive from the perimeter, and hit the outside shot.

Poythress was challenged by his twin sister
, Alexis, to become the ball player he is today. Alexis having been the athletically superior twin early on, he was motivated to work harder at basketball. Alex also had a growth spurt that helped him during his early years in high school. That, along with the development of his game, helped him emerge and eventually led him to the top 10 in the 2012 recruiting rankings. Poythress chose Kentucky over Vanderbilt, Memphis, and Florida.

WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR?

Poythress is expected to be a “special player”, as Coach Calipari referred to him. Poythress will be one of, if not, the leading scorer on the team this year. And as his high school stats show, don’t be surprised to see him rack up plenty of rebounds and occasionally some blocks. He is able to score from anywhere on the floor, and his size will create matchup problems on defense. He was picked to be on the preseason All-SEC second team.

CALIPARI on POYTHRESS

“Alex is prolific scorer with a multi-dimensional game. He’s big enough that he can take smaller players down low and create problems, but he’s too quick and too athletic for your typical forward to play him straight up. Alex has the potential to be a special player.”

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