DraftExpress NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Alex Poythress, Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook
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DraftExpress: Kentucky announces Alex Poythress will return to school http://t.co/UUHjJalTcI "I want to develop more as a player and win a national title"
2013-04-02 20:12:34
DraftExpress: No news on Alex Poythress. I heard he's still collecting information but leaning towards entering the draft. Nothing official yet.
2013-04-01 11:38:42
DraftExpress: NBA prospects trying to secure a tournament bid this week Alex Len Isaiah Austin Alex Poythress Archie Goodwin B.J. Young Willie Cauley
2013-03-12 09:43:52
DraftExpress: No chance. He's 100% gone I'm told. RT @ChrisRoush31 Curious to hear your opinion on Alex Poythress. Turning into a multi-year guy?
2013-01-15 12:43:10
DraftExpress: Not sure Kentucky is fully taking advantage of Alex Poythress' strengths playing him at the 3. Prototypical faceup 4 in today's basketball.
2012-11-09 21:48:49
Team: Kentucky, Senior
PhysicalsPositionsRankings Misc
H: 6' 8"
W: 239 lbs
Bday: 09/06/1993
(21 Years Old)
Current: SF/PF
Possible: SF/PF
Pick: 59 in 2016 Mock Draft
Rank 14 in NCAA Seniors
High School: Clarksville Northeast
Hometown: Clarksville, TN

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2014UK Pro Day6' 7.25"6' 8.25"2386' 11.25"8' 6"10.437.541.5
2013Kevin Durant CampNA6' 9"2317' 0"NANANANA
2011LeBron James CampNA6' 8"2137' 0"NANANANA
2011Kevin Durant CampNA6' 8"2137' 0"NANANANA
2010LeBron James CampNA6' 8.5"2046' 11"NANANANA
2010NBA Top 100 Camp6' 8"NA2017' 1"8' 9"NANANA

Basic Per Game Statistics - Comprehensive Stats - Statistical Top 25s
2014/15NCAAAlex Poythress820.

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2014 Kentucky Combine Measurements and Analysis
October 11, 2014
Alex Poythress measured as expected, standing 6'7.25 without shoes with a 238-pound frame and a 6'11.25 wingspan, but performed tremendously well in the athletic testing, registering a terrific 3.16 second court sprint and a 41.5 inch maximum vertical leap, which would rank as one of the top-20 or so marks in our database regardless of position. His 37.5 inch no-step vertical leap would rank among the top-10 in our database. His 26 reps on the bench falls just short of our database record of 27 recorded by the 270-pound Jason Keep in 2003.
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Top NBA Prospects in the SEC, Part 9: Alex Poythress Scouting Video
September 25, 2014

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Top NBA Prospects in the SEC, Part 3: Alex Poythress Scouting Video
October 17, 2013

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McDonald's All-American Video Profile: Alex Poythress
April 4, 2012

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McDonald's All-American Week Player Evaluations (Part Two)
April 2, 2012

Alex Poythress had as good a week relative to expectations as anyone in Chicago, opening the eyes of recruiting gurus and NBA scouts to his considerable long-term potential.

Poythress' intrigue begins with his excellent physical tools. He's measured out consistently between 6-8 and 6-9 in shoes in a number of different settings over the past two years, and has a nice 7-1 wingspan to go along with a frame that should be able to add plenty of weight over time.

He's an outstanding athlete as well, explosive around the rim with good agility for a player his size, allowing him to make his presence felt on a regular basis in transition, crashing the offensive glass, and as a playmaker defensively.

Offensively, Poythress is still searching for an identity, as he's clearly not a post player, but doesn't appear to have the skill-level to play on the wing full time either. He shows nice form on his jump-shot, and has the ability to make shots with range out to the 3-point line, even if he was somewhat streaky in this area over the course of the week. His ball-handling skills are similarly a work in progress, and his decision making skills are still catching up to his overall talent level, as he made a handful of questionable plays over the course of the week that demonstrated his lack of experience playing on the wing.

Nevertheless, Poythress' athleticism, instincts and aggressiveness help him find ways to impact games, and he has plenty of time to continue to polish up his skill-set as he's still only 18 years old.

Defensively is where Poythress might be most intriguing right now. He has the size, length and mobility to guard either forward position effectively, as he's able to stay in front of smaller players on the perimeter and is competitive enough to handle himself on the block as well. With a year (or more) of experience underneath his belt playing for a coach like John Calipari at Kentucky, he has a chance to really develop this part of his game, which would make him even more interesting for the NBA.

Also an excellent student reportedly sporting a 3.9 GPA, Poythress had pretty much every college coach in America calling him trying to recruit him over the past few years. It will be interesting to see what kind of role he plays at Kentucky next season as he appears tailor-made to replace Terrence Jones as a face-up power forward. He mentioned in Chicago that he's been recruited to play similarly to the way Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did on the wing.
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