Cauley-Stein's advice for Poythress: "Come back for a purpose"

04/17/2015 06:07 PM

Left behind.

That’s how Alex Poythress must have felt after watching seven of his Kentucky teammates sitting at the press conference table last week, declaring for the NBA draft together.

It was a historic moment for both UK and college basketball, and Alex should have been a part of it.

The junior forward suffered an ACL tear in his left knee during a team practice back in December, forcing him to have surgery and miss the rest of the season. If not for that, he too would have been up there in front of the cameras with his teammates — the eighth Wildcat to turn pro in 2015.

What could have been.

Poythress has not officially announced whether he will return to school for his senior season, having until April 26th to still declare for the draft. But many teams may hesitate to take a chance on him due to his injury and lack of post-surgery competition.

Willie Cauley-Stein faced a very similar situation last year, deciding to forgo the NBA Draft and return to UK for his junior season after missing the end of the NCAA Tournament with a foot injury and surgery.

The projected lottery pick spoke about Poythress’ pending decision after the UK draft announcement, using his own experience to advise Alex if he does choose to come back, to do so for a purpose.


Subscribe to email updates.

Subscribe and get the latest KSTV Sports info delivered to your inbox.