When Alex Poythress climbs or elevates he is very hard to stop. He seems to stop when he feels like it. He showed us quite an ensemble against Duke early in his freshman year. When he wants to be a man among boys he can be a man among boys.
Poythress’ capabilities have never really been questioned. The thing with him has and always be consistency and another word that starts with a c, confidence. He reminds me a lot of Darius Miller in this regard in the sense that he doesn’t always play mean all of the time. I don’t mean mean in a dirty way, I just mean all out aggressive. That’s what we have seen flashes of.
With the departure of James Young to the Boston Celtics and incoming big men Karl Towns and Trey Lyles joining Dakari Johnson, Willie Cauley- Stein and Marcus Lee, Poythress will have to display that new confidence and consistency at the small forward spot next season.
He seemed comfortable playing along the baseline and attacking last season. We may see more of that. He will need to continue to expand his perimeter game if small forward is the position that he will call home for most of the season.
He’s taken 33 three-point shots in each of his first two seasons at Kentucky. As a freshman he connected on 42% (14-33) of them. Last season he dipped to 24% (8-33).
This year Poythress will be looked to as an elder statesman and a leader even if it isn’t vocally. If he finds that consistent confident groove that we all believe he’s capable of that shouldn’t be a problem.