Can Alex Poythress become "the best player in the country"?
12/10/2015 07:16 PM
LEXINGTON — After posting a season-high 21 points and his third double-double in three games in an 88-67 victory over EKU on Wednesday night, Kentucky forward Alex Poythress earned some high praise from head coach John Calipari:
- “I want the kid to be the best player in the country,” Calipari said after UK’s eighth victory of the young season. “That’s what I want him to be. He’s capable of that.”
UK’s senior leader provided the No. 4 Wildcats (8-1) with the tough inside presence they sorely lacked in their first loss of the season at UCLA last weekend, throwing down a plethora of dunks over helpless Colonels defenders while also pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds — a “near-perfect game” according to Calipari.
Even opposing head coach Dan McHale left impressed by Poythress dominant performance:
- “I think he was a difference maker,” McHale said after the game. “He is a pro when he wants to be. When that motor clicks and when he starts playing at the speed he did tonight, he’s very tough to guard. He’s jumping off trampolines and just finishing in traffic. He’s a special, special player.”
KSTV discussed Alex’s bruising performance against EKU on Thursday’s show, explaining why his tough post presence is invaluable to the Cats this season: