Jeff Eisenberg

  • Alex Poythress becomes the latest pro prospect to return to Kentucky

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger16 hrs ago

    For a program known for putting players in the NBA as quickly as possible, Kentucky sure has an awful lot of pro prospects returning next season.

    Sophomore forward Alex Poythress became the third likely draft pick to pass on NBA riches for now when he announced Wednesday he will instead come back to Kentucky. Earlier this month, both near-certain first-round pick Willie Cauley-Stein and potential second-round pick Marcus Lee both revealed that they too intend to return to the Wildcats.

    Keeping Poythress another year is not as big of a surprise as Cauley-Stein's return because the 6-foot-7 forward was likely to slip to the second round after an up-and-down sophomore season. He came off the bench to average 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds, showing elite athleticism in bursts around the rim but also disappearing for long stretches too.

    “Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure that I’m NBA-ready before I make that jump,” Poythress said in a school-issued news release. “By coming back, I’ll be so much closer to earning my degree in business and it will give me another year to prepare my game and my body for the next level.”

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