Alex Poythress out for the season

12/12/2014 09:03 AM

UK junior forward Alex Poythress is out for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during practice on Thursday. The Clarksville, Tennessee native was averaging 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Cats this season.

John Calipari said of the injury, “When you’re coaching other people’s children and these children have high aspirations and unlimited potential – not only to do things for themselves but for other people – I can’t begin to tell you the feeling when someone gets hurt. My own son, Brad, tore his ACL last year. All I can tell you is I was physically sick when it happened to him. I feel exactly the same way now that it’s happened to Alex.

Our team was devastated for Alex when I told them. There were tears throughout the room because this hurt them to the core. How they will respond I really don’t know, but I will do my best to be there for each of these kids.

I told them, this is a big blow to our team. No one will be able to replace Alex and what he did for this team. I go back to last year’s NCAA Tournament. Without Alex, we don’t win those games. No one will be able to replace him, but now everybody has to do a little bit more as we try to circle the wagons.”

Be sure to watch KSTV Friday night for the latest on Poythress’ status and how the Cats will look to fill his shoes for the rest of the season.

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