Status: UK signee
F | 6-7 | 205
High school: Northeast
Hometown: Clarksville, Tenn.

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What he brings: Versatility. Recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer once described Poythress as “a more explosive athlete than Terrence Jones.” He plays hard, runs the floor, can score from anywhere and could end up being UK’s top rebounder. His all-around game stood out against elite competition in the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic, and he made a late jump in most recruiting rankings as a result.

Question mark: Is he the go-to guy? Poythress looks to be the most accomplished offensive player on this team. He scored more than 40 points in four games as a high school senior, but whether or not he’ll stay in attack mode with so many talented players around him won’t be answered until the season begins. If Poythress doesn’t defer to others, he could well be the fourth straight freshman to lead the Cats in scoring.

One-and-done? If he wants to go, he’ll almost certainly have the chance. rates him as the No. 7 prospect and ESPN has him at No. 15. puts him at No. 4, behind only Noel, UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad and Indiana’s Cody Zeller. Poythress improved his stock by playing well in front of NBA scouts during the post-season all-star events.

“I had heard and thought (UK fans) were crazy but I was still surprised at how crazy they were (at Big Blue Madness). They are very passionate. It was a lot of fun for me to see.”

– Alex Poythress (to Cats Illustrated)

Tracking Poythress

Date Opponent W/L Stats
Nov. 19 At Christ Presbyterian W 36 pts, 7 rebs
Nov. 22 Henry County W 15 pts
Nov. 25 Maplewood W 34 pts
Nov. 26 Beech W 26 pts
Nov. 29 At Springfield W 37 pts, 10 rebs
Dec. 2 Clarksville W 30 pts, 13 rebs
Dec. 6 At Rossview W 19 pts
Dec. 9 Kenwood W 36 pts, 25 rebs, 7 blks
Dec. 13 At Northwest W 28 pts, 14 rebs, 6 blks
Dec. 17 Gallatin W 25 pts, 14 rebs, 5 blks
Dec. 19 LaVergne W 47 pts, 18 rebs, 9 blks
Dec. 20 Hunters Lane W 30 pts
Dec. 21 Riverdale W 35 pts, 10 rebs, 5 blks
Dec. 28 Hickman Co. W 27 pts
Dec. 29 Brentwood L 9 pts
Dec. 30 Giles County W 46 pts, 18 rebs, 7 blks
Jan. 6 West Creek W 39 pts
Jan. 7 Lafayette (at Lex. Catholic) W 42 pts, 6 rebs, 4 blks
Jan. 10 At Dickson County W 37 pts, 10 rebs
Jan. 13 At Henry County W 17 pts
Jan. 17 Springfield W 20 pts, 11 rebs
Jan. 20 At Clarksville L 32 pts
Jan. 24 Rossview W 33 pts, 8 rebs
Jan. 27 Kenwood W 30 pts, 9 rebs
Jan. 31 Northwest W 15 pts, 10 rebs
Feb. 7 At West Creek W 16 pts
Feb. 10 Dickson County W 48 pts, 21 rebs
Feb. 17 Springfield W 29 pts
Feb. 18 Clarksville W 31 pts
Feb. 21 Dickson Co. W 29 pts, 14 rebs
Feb. 25 Mt. Juliet L 18 pts