The good news keeps flowing in for Kentucky basketball, as freshman forward Alex Poythress will be staying in school for at least one more season:
This just in, forward Alex Poythress has decided to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season.
— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) April 2, 2013
Freshman forward Alex Poythress will return to the UK men’s basketball program for the 2013-14 season.
— DeWayne Peevy (@UKDeWaynePeevy) April 2, 2013
This year didn’t end like we wanted it to. I want to come back and do what we said we wanted to do and that’s win a national title. I want to develop more as a player and the competition coming in next year should help me do that.
I’m really happy that, after talking with his family and evaluating his options, Alex has decided to return for his sophomore season. Alex is a great kid with a lot of potential and I’m excited to be able to work with him next year. I believe we have only scratched the surface with Alex, and another season in college will get him closer to reaching his dreams.
Despite an up-and-down freshman season at UK, Poythress ranked second on the team in points (11.4) and rebounds (6.2) per game while starting 30/32 games. He also earned Southeastern Conference All-Freshman honors, but given his potential, as evidenced by his 20-point, 8 rebound performance against Duke in Atlanta, there’s no reason he shouldn’t contend for All-American honors next season.