Alex Poythress ready for grind to make NBA

Alex Poythress with campers Monday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress with campers Monday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Even though he was undrafted, former Kentucky Wildcat Alex Poythress said Monday that a “couple of teams” have called about inviting him to NBA training camps.

“I’m not sure I can say which teams because I haven’t signed nothing yet, but things are looking optimistic, so that’s good,” Poythress said during a break from a camp at UK he was at along with former teammates Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray.

He said playing with the Orlando Magic’s summer league team went well and gave him an opportunity to showcase his talent.

“It’s just a grind, and then you have to make a decision off business and what’s best for you since you’re a professional now. You’re your own guy, you have to look out what’s best for you,” Poythress said.

Would he play overseas?

“I’ve looked at different options, but that’s the goal still (to be in the NBA). I still have time to do that. Teams feeling optimistic about me. I’m just taking it one day at a time. It’s a long process. It’s a long road. I knew it was going to be like this. I’m just ready for it,” Poythress said.

Former teammates Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Dakari Johnson have all offered him advice.

“They just told me it’s a long process, keep grinding and keep pushing hard, keep working, stay in the gym, be humble and everything like that,” Poythress said.

Coach John Calipari has told him to play with “nothing to lose” and have fun.

“Basketball is a sport, but it’s not your life. He just wanted to make you have fun. If you have fun everything is going to take care of itself,” Poythress said.

He said NBA teams told him to continue being active and concentrate on being a defensive specialist.

“If I can guard multiple positions that’d work real well for me,” Poythress said.

He says his knees are great after training in Los Angeles and doing a lot of physical therapy.

“Added a couple more inches to my vert. I feel fine. I feel real healthy. I’m ready to roll,” he said.

He says being on his own after four years at UK has been different, but good.

‘I like using my own name and trying to do stuff for me and trying to boost it off the best of my abilities,” he said.

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