By LARRY VAUGHT
How should Kentucky fans remember Alex Poythress, a member of two Final Four teams, an academic All-American and a four-year player? That question was posed to Kentucky coach John Calipari on Friday.
“Well, he came in on a team that we didn’t have any guard and it really affected everybody else. The guard play was pretty poor that year,” Calipari said of his freshman year when UK went to the NIT.
“I think he’s going to be one of those guys that they remember fondly. A lot of it because they’ve seen him more than any of the other guys. It’s kind of like a Darius Miller. They love Darius. Part of it was Kentucky but he was here.
“But you know, our city – and there’ll be some here that want to argue the point that you shouldn’t be for kids, that kids should stay four years and it’s about the education. It’s not about their careers, and the program and the program and the program. There’ll be people write that story, but the reality of it is, I think our community now says, ‘Let’s be about these kids. And it hasn’t hurt the program, it hasn’t hurt anything. Let’s be about these kids. Let’s be about their options.’
“Have some kids left here that should’ve stayed? Yeah, but it was their choice! And it’s their life! Not yours! It’s their life, and they made a choice to leave anyway and now they got to make it work. Has anybody stayed that should’ve left? No. That ain’t happening here. But the other does happen occasionally.”