This season so far might not have been what Alex Poythress, the former McDonald's All-American, envisioned when he passed up the NBA to return to the University of Kentucky as a sophomore. He's averaging just 4.8 points and 5.9 rebounds, both down from last year, and hasn't started any of the Wildcats' first 13 games.
Yet there was coach John Calipari on Saturday, after UK knocked off rival Louisville 73-66 for its biggest win to date, calling Poythress “great” and “outstanding” and “unbelievable,” saying he's “never been like this.”
It's easy for Poythress to get lost in the shuffle surrounded by so many star freshmen — six new McDonald's All-Americans — and fellow sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein, who is swatting shots like he's the second coming of Anthony Davis. But slowly, quietly, Poythress is making progress and finding his own way to help.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On December 10, 1951, Bob Burrow collected 34 rebounds against Temple for the most rebounds ever in a single game by a Kentucky player.
- On December 10, 1977, as top-ranked UK is defeating Kansas on “Adolph Rupp Night” in Allen Field House on Naismith Drive in Lawrence, Kansas, Rupp dies. Thousands would participate in the funeral procession in Lexington.
- On December 10, 2011, Indiana's Christian Watford hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer in Assembly Hall to stun No. 1 Kentucky. It's only the second time Indiana had beaten a top-ranked team at Assembly Hall.