Kentucky forward Alex Poythress will return for his sophomore season, UK announced in a statement Tuesday evening.
“I’m really happy that, after talking with his family and evaluating his options, Alex has decided to return for his sophomore season,” John Calipari said. “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.”
Poythress started in 30 of 32 games as a freshman and ranked second on the team in points (11.4) and rebounds (6.2) per game. He was also an Freshman All-SEC selection.
“This year didn’t end like we wanted it to,” Poythress said. “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.”
Poythress joins Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer as players who will return to UK next season. They’ll join an epic recruiting class that currently stands at seven commitments and is being touted as possibly the best collection of prospects in college basketball history.
UK said additional announcements regarding other players on the 2012-13 roster will be made at a later date.