By LARRY VAUGHT
Really it should be no surprise that Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Isaiah Briscoe are alternates for the NBA combine.
That doesn’t mean they could not be draft choices, but it makes it a lot more unlikely if they were not one of the players invited to the combine.
Poythress can still work out for teams and take his chances as a free agent — which might be better because then he can pick his team.
Lee has indicated he wants to go pro. Maybe he’ll get a free agent look or maybe he will go overseas to play professionally. He could also come back to UK, but he has made that sound doubtful.
Briscoe should get the message and come back to UK for a sophomore season where he could play himself into a first-round draft pick.
Really, I am not sure why Poythress and Lee thought they would be draft picks after the inconsistent seasons they had at UK. Briscoe had a much better season, but his suspect outside shooting has been a red flag for NBA personnel.
Of course, the NBA alternate list made it impossible for ESPN analyst Dan Dakich to resist taking a shot at UK basketball again.
“Wow..from McD’s to fringe..going to school doesn’t help all..Lee/Briscoe could come back but would it help?” Dakich posted on Twitter.
He is right. All three were McDonald’s All-American. But to indicate that playing at Kentucky does not help a player is just idiotic — which is normal for Dakich.