Alex Poythress missing out on playing, but not left behind

Alex Poythress - photo by Walter Cornett |
Alex Poythress – photo by Walter Cornett |

has had a front-row seat for one of the greatest rides in college basketball history.

Sitting on the bench and traveling with the team as has rolled unbeaten through the 2014-15 season, Poythress has been there every step of the way. It’s a spot most would love to be in.

For Poythress – whose season was cut short in early December by a torn ACL – it hasn’t been easy. Every day is a reminder that he’s supposed to be on the floor.

“Oh, I miss it a lot,” Poythress said after watching dispatch in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Friday, 64-49. “I’d give the world to still be playing.”

But given his current situation – rehabbing from reconstructive surgery – he’s thankful the top-ranked Wildcats still count him as a teammate.

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