In this age of one-and-done players in Lexington, Alex Poythress sticks out like a Louisville bumper decal.
If the senior had things his way, he wouldn’t still be wearing Kentucky blue; he’d be in the NBA playing against more than a dozen former teammates.
But an ACL injury last season forced Poythress to stick around, and coach John Calipari is challenging his oldest player to be great in 2015-2016.
“Lead the nation in rebounding,” was Cal’s message to Poythress (via Jerry Tipton). “Be a beast.”
There’s no way Poythress will actually lead the country in rebounding, but he’ll be counted on to provide decent minutes and some guidance to a roster full of teenagers.
The NBA is still a possibility for him, but his decision to return as a sophomore in 2013 looks worse and worse every year. This season will be his final opportunity to show pro scouts he still has the athleticism that made him the nation’s No. 8 player coming out of high school.
Poythress will participate in the annual Blue & White Scrimmage on Tuesday night.
“I’m starting to get back to normal, like what I did normally last year,” he said Monday (via KentuckySportsRadio.com‘s Drew Franklin). “So everything’s going well.”