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Alex Poythress ends suspense, picks Kentucky

Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:07 pm
 



By
Jeff Borzello

Alex Poythress had one of the most unpredictable recruitments in the entire class of 2012.

On Thursday, Poythress will end the suspense by announcing for Kentucky during a pep rally at his high school, a source tells CBSSports.com.

He chose the Wildcats over Florida and Vanderbilt, with Memphis also in the running until late. Poythress is John Calipari’s third commitment in the class.

No one seemed to be able to get a read on where he was leaning, with Duke, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Memphis each seeming like they were in the driver’s seat at one point or another. The Blue Devils were cut from Poythress' list in late September, and he proceeded to visit the final four schools.

As late as Wednesday night, Memphis seemed to be the most popular projected landing spot for Poythress. However, information began to flow towards Kentucky on Thursday.

Poythress was also embroiled in a recruiting controversy over the summer, when Duke coach Mike Kryzewski called him to offer him a scholarship while he was still with his Georgia Stars team in Orlando at an AAU tournament. 

Poythress is the No. 12-ranked player in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He’s a 6-foot-8 prospect from Northeast (Tenn.) who can play both forward positions effectively. Poythress worked on expanding his perimeter game in the summer, extending his shooting range to the 3-point line and also improving his ability to take defenders off the dribble. Inside, Poythress is extremely active on the glass and around the rim. He also runs the floor efficiently.

With his ability to create matchup problems for most opponents, Poythress should fit perfectly into Calipari’s offense. Assuming at least Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis head to the NBA after this season, Poythress was a must-have recruit for Kentucky.

He joins Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley in the Wildcats’ class. Expect Calipari to continue his pursuit of several remaining five-star forwards, though.

Photo: Nation of Blue

Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Alex Poythress ends suspense, picks Kentucky

Just want to let everyone know he had a 28 on his ACT and a 3.9 GPA.



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Alex Poythress ends suspense, picks Kentucky

New car ha!!!More like will give him his own personal stretch limo along with a $200,000 signing bonus.His salary will be in the millions im sure........new car.......LOL!!!Please what are we Memphis?



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Alex Poythress ends suspense, picks Kentucky

What did Calipari do offer him a car? This is sad. How a school can continue to get top HS talent or shall we just classify these young men as one and dones. These young men arent very smart cause Calipari cant win meaningful games even when he has the best of the best.



Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Alex Poythress ends suspense, picks Kentucky

World Wide Wes lands another recruit, not Calipari.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Alex Poythress ends suspense, picks Kentucky

Another great recruit for the Cats.  Have to think that Coach Cal is more hopeful than anyone that the NBA lockout ends.  Otherwise, where is he going to play all of 'em?



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Alex Poythress ends suspense, picks Kentucky

u obviously dont know much about basketball if you think these are 3 star recruits



Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 4:41 pm
 

Alex Poythress ends suspense, picks Kentucky

His sister is going to Florida....



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Alex Poythress ends suspense, picks Kentucky

Enjoy your 3* recruits hahaha



Archie Goodwin, 5 stars
Willie Cauley: 4 stars (will be 5 stars when he gets to UK though)
Alex Poythress: 5 stars



These aren't Kentucky Wildcat football recruits.



Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Alex Poythress ends suspense, picks Kentucky


Enjoy your 3* recruits hahaha



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Alex Poythress ends suspense, picks Kentucky

Coach Cal: Yes Alex your sister can have a Volleyball scholarship, but we couldnt just buy you a cadillac escalade. Here is a Yukon instead.


HATER!!!!!!!



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