Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Alex Poythress has something to prove

March 2, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) looks to pass under pressure from Arkansas Razorbacks guard Rickey Scott (3) during a game at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas defeated Kentucky 73-60. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone that watched Alex Poythress play last season has something to say about his performance, but the stats tell otherwise. Alex averaged 11.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 0.7 assists per-game last season during his freshman year. According to SportingNews, Alex Poythress has been ranked as the #2 player that has the most pressure to perform for his team. Alex indeed faced a lot of pressure last season by trying to help the Kentucky Wildcats defend their national championship, but this upcoming season has a different look at what Alex has in front of him. Alex will be placed among one of the greatest recruiting classes in college basketball history to wear blue and white as one of the veteran players. Being a veteran has recently had a different meaning with this basketball team since John Calipari took over, but Poythress is sliding right on into the role by being one of the players that has something to prove from last season.

One of the things that was seen as a good thing from Alex last season was his shooting abilities. He shot 58.1 percent from the floor  and converted 42.4 percent of his 3-point attempts. Those stats look pretty good, and better than what most people thought. He is considered an undersized power forward, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he has to be slipped into the small forward position in the rotation of things. Judging by his shot making ability, it isn’t a bad role for Alex at all.. Managing the small forward position will challenge Alex’s flexibility of things, but it’s a task that can be done.

If Alex has improved fundamentally, along with his decision making, then I see great things ahead of him. The tension is definitely off of his shoulders following last season’s NIT loss to Robert Morris. A year of experience could be just the thing that lifts Alex up to his potential or beyond. The little spurts of explosiveness that were seen last season shows me that this guy can play, and it was scary at times. Alex isn’t a bad player at all. The consistency will build along with everything else in time. Coming back to school could be the greatest thing that could happen to him, and could have a huge impact on his pro career. Coach Calipari knows that and Alex will be a great experiment of his to work on this season.

 

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