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.
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