22 Alex Poythress

Name
Alex Poythress
Position
Forward
Class
SR
Hometown (Last School)
Clarksville, Tenn. (Northeast)
Ht
6'8
Wt
230
Seasons
2014-15, 2015-16, 2012-13, 2013-14
Birthday
September 6, 1993

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Alex Poythress was born September 6, 1993, in Savannah, Georgia, to Regina and Antoine Poythress.  He won the Gatorade Player of the Year for Tennessee in 2011–2012 in his senior year of high school and was the TSSAA Class AAA Mr. Basketball his senior year. He was a 5 star recruit out of Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tennessee during 2011–2012.  He earned Parade and McDonald’s All-America honors and was the seventh overall player and the No. 3 small forward by Scout.com.  He was rated eighth overall and No. 2 at his position by Rivals.com.  ESPNU recruiting ranked him 13th overall and No. 3 at his position.

Poythress reportedly received at least 15 scholarship offers, including Duke, Connecticut, Ohio State, Tennessee, Louisville, Florida, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and Texas before committing to Kentucky on November 11, 2011.  He joined five-star shooting guard Archie Goodwin and four-star center Willie Cauley in a class that ranked among the top five in the country.  “(Kentucky) was just a place I felt comfortable with,” Poythress said.  “Coach Calipari is a good coach. I like their offense very well. I just felt like I can get better there.”

As a freshman, he appeared in all 33 games, making 31 starts.  Poythress ranked second on the team with 11.2 points, while also hauling in an average of 6.0 rebounds per outing.  He tallied nine points and career-high 12 rebounds in a win over Florida.  He tallied his first career 20-10 game against LSU with 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.  He became the first Wildcat to have four-straight 20-point games since Jodie Meeks in the 2008-09 season and the first UK freshman to record four-straight 20-point games since Dwight Anderson in 1978-79 season.  He scored a career-high 22 points against Lafayette and tied his career-high 22 points against LIU Brooklyn while grabbing nine rebounds.

As a sophomore, he appeared in all 40 contests for UK and served as the team’s sixth-man averaging 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.  Poythress delivered eight points to help UK move past Michigan in the Elite Eight.  He scored six points in the final five minutes of the game to help UK secure a comeback win over Louisville in the Sweet 16 and scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds in 29 minutes of action to push UK past Wisconsin in the Final Four.  He recorded a season-high 16 points, including shooting 8-of-9 from the charity stripe, and pulled down five boards in UK’s win over Texas A&M.  In 27 minutes of action vs. Michigan State, he scored seven points and pulled down 12 rebounds.  He registered a double-double effort with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in a season-opening victory over UNC Asheville.

As a junior, Poythress was named an Academic Honor Roll member for the third time in his career and earned his undergraduate degree in business marketing from UK in just three years.  Alex missed the final 29 games of his junior season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a practice in early December.

Poythress returned to Kentucky for his senior season and averaged 10.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. As of the 2020–21 season, Poythress remained one of only five players to play four scholarship seasons under at Kentucky.  He was named to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America Second Team and was one of four finalists for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Player of the Year Award.  He was one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.  He averaged double figures for the second time in his career while earning a career-best 19 steals.  His .601 field-goal percentage ranks as the fifth best in the John Calipari era.  He was nearly unstoppable vs. Georgia in the Tournament with 20 points and seven rebounds on 7-of-8 shooting.  He scored a career-high 25 points at Alabama on 8-of-10 shooting and a 9-of-11 day at the free-throw line.  That 25-point performance vs. Alabama was the most by a senior in the Calipari era at Kentucky.  He had a career day against Eastern Kentucky with 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass.  Alex finished his career with 112 games played and 62 starts.  He averaged 10.2 points, most among UK’s frontcourt players, and a 6.0 rebounding average which tied for the team high. He posted four double-doubles, tied for the second most on the team and led the team in rebounding eight times. He finished his career with 966 points, 597 rebounds and 77 blocks, becoming just the 12th player in program history with at least 900 points, at least 500 rebounds and at least 70 blocks.

Poythress may not have expected to stay at Kentucky long enough to participate in senior day, but he enjoyed the moment all the same.  “It was just great to be a part of this and everything,” Poythress said. “It just meant everything.”  In addition to Kentucky’s normal senior day festivities, Poythress was greeted by video messages on the Rupp Arena monitors from former teammates Kyle Wiltjer, Aaron Harrison and Karl-Anthony Towns while he stood at center court surrounded by family.

“A lot of memories I remembered when I was out there,” said Poythress, who was not informed of the messages before the ceremony. “Really loved Aaron’s little speech.”

The Rupp Arena crowd made good on the “Roar for 22” motto established after Poythress’ season-ending ACL injury as a junior by giving him a resounding ovation during senior day festivities, starting lineup introductions and his last exit from the court at the end of a 94-77 win over LSU.

College Statistics:

Per Game

SeasonGGSMPFGFGAFG%2P2PA2P%3P3PA3P%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS
2012-13333125.84.06.9.5813.65.9.6070.41.0.4242.84.0.6891.94.26.00.70.30.42.02.711.2
2013-1440018.42.24.4.4972.03.6.5560.20.8.2421.32.0.6251.82.74.50.40.30.71.02.15.9
2014-158820.32.05.3.3812.04.4.4570.00.9.0001.51.8.8571.52.33.80.30.51.51.02.15.5
2015-16312323.63.86.4.6013.65.6.6400.20.7.3042.33.3.7061.84.36.00.30.60.71.23.610.2
Career1126222.13.25.8.5512.94.9.5950.30.9.3022.02.9.6861.83.55.30.50.40.71.32.78.6

 

Totals

SeasonGGSMPFGFGAFG%2P2PA2P%3P3PA3P%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS
2012-133331852133229.581119196.6071433.42491132.68962137199229146688371
2013-1440073488177.49780144.556833.2425080.625721091811712293885234
2014-15881621642.3811635.45707.0001214.857121830241281744
2015-163123732119198.601112175.640723.30472102.7065513218710192137112317
Career112622480356646.551327550.5952996.302225328.686201396597514476149302966

 

Career Game Log

SeasonDateSchoolOpponentType MPFGFGAFG%2P2PA2P%3P3PA3P%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS
2012-132012-11-09KentuckyMarylandREGW2338.37538.37500 24.500437000348
2012-132012-11-13KentuckyDukeREGL37912.750810.80012.50012.5005380002220
2012-132012-11-16KentuckyLafayetteREGW23910.900910.90000 45.8001450112022
2012-132012-11-21KentuckyMorehead StateREGW38612.500612.50000 881.0003580002120
2012-132012-11-23KentuckyLIUREGW29911.818911.81800 46.6670991002422
2012-132012-11-29KentuckyNotre DameREGL23111.000111.00000 13.333022101343
2012-132012-12-01KentuckyBaylorREGL34610.60058.62512.50001.0005162125213
2012-132012-12-04KentuckySamfordREGW2779.77856.83323.66700 2681015216
2012-132012-12-08KentuckyPortlandREGW2968.75056.83312.50024.5001560023115
2012-132012-12-15KentuckyLipscombREGW2528.25026.33302.000710.7002240002211
2012-132012-12-22KentuckyMarshallREGW2135.60035.60000 34.750549101259
2012-132012-12-29KentuckyLouisvilleREGL1524.50012.50012.50026.333145000227
2012-132013-01-02KentuckyEastern MichiganREGW2358.62556.83302.00068.7502351002316
2012-132013-01-10KentuckyVanderbiltREGW2323.667221.00001.00034.750066001457
2012-132013-01-12KentuckyREGL2148.50037.429111.000331.0003361000012
2012-132013-01-15KentuckyTennesseeREGW2435.60013.333221.000221.0001781002110
2012-132013-01-19KentuckyAuburnREGW2937.42937.42900 68.7503470103112
2012-132013-01-22KentuckyAlabamaREGL1523.66723.66700 221.000145000256
2012-132013-01-26KentuckyLSUREGW3069.66769.66700 810.80048120101320
2012-132013-01-29KentuckyOle MissREGW2069.66757.71412.50024.5001670001415
2012-132013-02-02KentuckyREGW2703.00002.00001.00056.833044000145
2012-132013-02-05KentuckySouth CarolinaREGW2125.40025.40000 331.000279011447
2012-132013-02-09KentuckyAuburnREGW2735.60034.75001.000221.000112210248
2012-132013-02-12KentuckyFloridaREGL2919.11118.12501.00035.600224220305
2012-132013-02-16KentuckyTennesseeREGL2024.50024.50000 01.000112000154
2012-132013-02-20KentuckyVanderbiltREGW2739.33338.37501.00013.333134000027
2012-132013-02-23KentuckyMissouriREGW40810.80079.778111.00046.6672572010321
2012-132013-02-27KentuckyMississippi StateREGW28711.63669.66712.50012.5002681011116
2012-132013-03-02KentuckyREGL17331.000221.000111.000221.000134000359
2012-132013-03-07KentuckyGeorgiaREGL1913.33312.50001.00023.667134310054
2012-132013-03-09KentuckyFloridaREGW3247.57146.66701.00012.5003912200119
2012-132013-03-15KentuckyVanderbiltCTOURNL2923.66712.500111.00013.333224001026
2012-132013-03-19KentuckyRobert MorrisNITL2737.42936.50001.00000 022101216
SeasonDateSchoolOpponentType MPFGFGAFG%2P2PA2P%3P3PA3P%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS
2013-142013-11-08KentuckyUNC AshevilleREGW2159.55658.62501.00001.00067130000210
2013-142013-11-10KentuckyNorthern KentuckyREGW2047.57135.60012.50000 167210019
2013-142013-11-12KentuckyMichigan StateREGL2726.33324.50002.00034.7507512003127
2013-142013-11-17KentuckyRobert MorrisREGW1215.20014.25001.00002.000224310222
2013-142013-11-19KentuckyUT ArlingtonREGW1502.00002.00000 02.000134101020
2013-142013-11-25KentuckyCleveland StateREGW1526.33314.25012.500221.000347001117
2013-142013-11-27KentuckyEastern MichiganREGW23111.000111.00000 12.500246010213
2013-142013-12-01KentuckyProvidenceREGW1523.66712.500111.00000 011002215
2013-142013-12-06KentuckyBaylorREGL601.00001.00000 02.000112000130
2013-142013-12-10KentuckyBoise StateREGW1701.00001.00000 00 213100020
2013-142013-12-14KentuckyUNCREGL2424.50023.66701.00023.667538001156
2013-142013-12-21KentuckyBelmontREGW1836.50025.400111.00000 145100017
2013-142013-12-28KentuckyLouisvilleREGW2134.75034.75000 12.500145000037
2013-142014-01-08KentuckyMississippi StateREGW2256.83356.83300 221.0001342032212
2013-142014-01-11KentuckyVanderbiltREGW1947.57146.66701.00013.333224001109
2013-142014-01-14KentuckyREGL3257.71457.71400 221.0001560020412
2013-142014-01-18KentuckyTennesseeREGW2114.25012.50002.000221.000123202114
2013-142014-01-21KentuckyREGW2547.57146.66701.00089.8891450023216
2013-142014-01-25KentuckyGeorgiaREGW1635.60035.60000 58.6251451002311
2013-142014-01-28KentuckyLSUREGL1748.50048.50000 221.0005270013310
2013-142014-02-01KentuckyMissouriREGW1635.60024.500111.00000 123001247
2013-142014-02-04KentuckyOle MissREGW2059.55659.55600 01.0003470010210
2013-142014-02-08KentuckyMississippi StateREGW1514.25013.33301.00045.800224001016
2013-142014-02-12KentuckyAuburnREGW1914.25014.25000 48.500257010036
2013-142014-02-15KentuckyFloridaREGL1102.00001.00001.00000 112000110
2013-142014-02-18KentuckyOle MissREGW15221.000111.000111.00000 033110125
2013-142014-02-22KentuckyLSUREGW1335.60034.75001.00000 101011026
2013-142014-02-27KentuckyREGL2403.00003.00000 12.500246020121
2013-142014-03-01KentuckySouth CarolinaREGL2217.14316.16701.00000 527201032
2013-142014-03-04KentuckyAlabamaREGW1803.00001.00002.00034.750011001313
2013-142014-03-08KentuckyFloridaREGL2425.40023.66702.00000 011010034
2013-142014-03-14KentuckyLSUCTOURNW13111.00000 111.000221.000112010355
2013-142014-03-15KentuckyGeorgiaCTOURNW1502.00001.00001.00000 011000030
2013-142014-03-16KentuckyFloridaCTOURNL1334.75034.75000 111.000112011227
2013-142014-03-21KentuckyKansas StateNCAAW1714.25001.00013.33300 112000003
2013-142014-03-23KentuckyWichita StateNCAAW1534.750331.00001.00000 112001026
2013-142014-03-28KentuckyLouisvilleNCAAW14221.000221.00000 23.667224011116
2013-142014-03-30KentuckyMichiganNCAAW18331.000331.00000 24.500213101118
2013-142014-04-05KentuckyWisconsinNCAAW29441.000441.00000 01.000167000028
2013-142014-04-07KentuckyUConnNCAAL1725.40023.66702.00001.000235000144
SeasonDateSchoolOpponentType MPFGFGAFG%2P2PA2P%3P3PA3P%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS
2014-152014-11-14KentuckyGrand CanyonREGW2437.42936.50001.00034.750426102319
2014-152014-11-16KentuckyBuffaloREGW2037.42935.60002.00000 101010216
2014-152014-11-18KentuckyKansasREGW1905.00002.00003.000441.000123012024
2014-152014-11-25KentuckyUT ArlingtonREGW2027.28626.33301.00000 369004224
2014-152014-11-30KentuckyProvidenceREGW2235.60035.60000 00 123121026
2014-152014-12-05KentuckyTexasREGW2136.50036.50000 221.000112001158
2014-152014-12-07KentuckyEastern KentuckyREGW2102.00002.00000 34.750044002023
2014-152014-12-10KentuckyColumbiaREGW1523.66723.66700 00 112000024
SeasonDateSchoolOpponentType MPFGFGAFG%2P2PA2P%3P3PA3P%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS
2015-162015-11-13KentuckyAlbany (NY)REGW1112.500111.00001.00002.000033011042
2015-162015-11-14KentuckyNJITREGW2135.60035.60000 35.600347011149
2015-162015-11-17KentuckyDukeREGW30310.30039.33301.00035.600437001049
2015-162015-11-20KentuckyWright StateREGW2235.60034.75001.000441.00028100100310
2015-162015-11-24KentuckyBoston UniversityREGW2178.87578.87500 00 55100101314
2015-162015-11-27KentuckySouth FloridaREGW2146.66746.66700 00 055000038
2015-162015-11-30KentuckyIllinois StateREGW3037.42936.50001.00035.600257212029
2015-162015-12-03KentuckyUCLAREGL1716.16715.20001.000221.000325110054
2015-162015-12-09KentuckyEastern KentuckyREGW24912.750910.90002.000331.00067130001421
2015-162015-12-12KentuckyArizona StateREGW19331.000331.00000 45.8000660110410
2015-162015-12-19KentuckyOhio StateREGL2824.50013.333111.00013.333257101246
2015-162015-12-26KentuckyLouisvilleREGW3457.71456.83301.00047.5712461131114
2015-162016-01-02KentuckyOle MissREGW2325.40024.50001.00023.667369000346
2015-162016-01-05KentuckyLSUREGL2623.667221.00001.00003.000044000354
2015-162016-01-09KentuckyAlabamaREGW34810.80089.88901.000911.8183470014325
2015-162016-01-12KentuckyMississippi StateREGW3114.25013.33301.00046.667268010146
2015-162016-01-16KentuckyAuburnREGL2125.40025.40000 221.000033013126
2015-162016-01-21KentuckyREGW1535.60035.60000 12.500246001047
2015-162016-01-23KentuckyVanderbiltREGW27810.80089.88901.00000 0220000316
2015-162016-01-27KentuckyMissouriREGW2125.40025.40000 441.000257110218
2015-162016-01-30KentuckyKansasREGL3758.62546.66712.500221.0000881213513
2015-162016-02-02KentuckyTennesseeREGL1769.66769.66700 24.5003251004514
2015-162016-02-23KentuckyAlabamaREGW1756.83356.83300 46.6671010001314
2015-162016-02-27KentuckyVanderbiltREGL1600 00 00 00 033001150
2015-162016-03-01KentuckyFloridaREGW30512.417512.41700 221.000010101011512
2015-162016-03-05KentuckyLSUREGW1967.85767.85700 00 2131101412
2015-162016-03-11KentuckyAlabamaCTOURNW2978.875331.00045.800221.0004370011120
2015-162016-03-12KentuckyGeorgiaCTOURNW1959.55659.55600 01.0000220100410
2015-162016-03-13KentuckyTexas A&MCTOURNW2936.50024.50012.50035.6001560103510
2015-162016-03-17KentuckyStony BrookNCAAW2246.66746.66700 441.0000440220412
2015-162016-03-19KentuckyIndianaNCAAL2115.20015.20000 441.000336010246
 112 Games    2480356646.551327550.5952996.302225328.686201396597514476149302966