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Alex Poythress

PHOTO: Kentucky’s Alex Poythress gets his teeth caught in the net


Kentucky’s 73-62 win over Duke was a nice early-season statement for the Wildcats, but it also showed that forward Alex Poythress has some of his burst back in recovering from a torn ACL.

Case in point? Poythress caught his teeth on the net coming down from an alley-oop from teammate Jamal Murray.

Here’s a photo of Poythress getting a taste of the net from Jonathan Daniel of Getty Images:



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.