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Poythress believes he’ll be ready for start of season

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Kentucky freshmen Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray are both projected to be selected in the top-5 of next June’s NBA Draft, but the Kentucky’s 2015-16 season could depend on the status of a senior.

Alex Poythress, the former McDonald’s All-American, started the first eight games for the Wildcats last season before tearing the ACL in his left knee, ending his junior season. The 6-foot-8 forward expects to be ready for the season opener on Nov. 13 against Albany, according to Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal.

“He’s got to get where he’s completely comfortable just letting it go,” Calipari told reporters. “There’s going to be a tentativeness. The mental part of that, for a while, it will be there. … You just want this to work for him. Obviously, I want our team to win, but I want this to work for him.”

“How quickly can he start being who he is? A lot of what we do, it will center around Alex.”

Poythress, who was aiming to be cleared by August, has returned to practice, but still hasn’t participating in all drills.

Poythress averaged 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game.

Kentucky’s Alex Poythress hopes to be cleared by the end of August

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As John Calipari told Heather Cox of ESPN on Thursday night at the 2015 NBA Draft in Brooklyn, Kentucky’s 2014-15 season officially ended that night.

As the focus shifts to another talented team in Lexington, one of the questions heading into next season is the status of senior forward Alex Poythress. The 6-foot-8 Poythress started the first eight games of the season, but was sidelined for the remainder of the year after tearing the ACL in his left knee during a mid-December practice.

Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal received an update from Poythress’ progress on Friday afternoon at Rajon Rondo’s annual Camp Rondo.

On his health and if he’ll be 100 percent by the start of the season

Yeah, close. They’re trying to say I’ll probably be cleared by the end of August probably, so I’ll just keep on doing my rehab, keep on doing what I need to do and trying to get healthy and trying to get back out there.

On how much he’s able to do right now

I’m doing all the lifting and conditioning with the team. I’m not playing with them, but I am running on the track with them, doing footwork drills with them.

Poythress averaged 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in his shortened junior season.

This has been an eventful week for the Kentucky program. On Wednesday evening, top-15 recruit Jamal Murray committed to Kentucky, a huge score for a program that saw seven players declare for the draft less than three months earlier. Speaking of the NBA Draft, four Wildcats were selected within the first 13 picks — six in all — during Thursday’s draft.

Poythress, Tyler Ulis and Marcus Lee will be joined by the incoming class of Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Charles Matthews and Skal Labissiere, the top-rated player in the Class of 2015, according to Rivals. The Wildcats are ranked No. 3 in College Basketball Talk‘s Way-Too-Early Preseason Rankings.

Kentucky forward Alex Poythress returning for senior season

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While the general feeling was that Kentucky forward Alex Poythress would return to Lexington for his senior season, nothing had been made official. That changed late Thursday, when the rising senior announced on Twitter that he will be back in 2015-16.

The 6-foot-8 Poythress played in just eight games, all starts, before going down with a torn ACL in practice in mid-December. Poythress’ return gives Kentucky some added experience in the front court alongside Marcus Lee and Derek Willis, and he’s another piece to the yet-to-be-completed puzzle that is John Calipari’s 2015-16 roster.

Skal Labissiere will also join the front court next season, and among the recruits Kentucky is still looking to land is high-energy forward Cheick Diallo. At present time Kentucky has three recruits signed for next season: Labissiere and guards Isaiah Briscoe and Charles Matthews.