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UK returnee Alex Poythress: “I like being in college. There’s nothing wrong with it”

Kentucky forward Alex Poythress (22) saves the ball from going out as Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky (44) defends during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Kentucky forward Alex Poythress (22) saves the ball from going out as Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky (44) defends during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

George Robinson of the theleafchronicle.com in Clarksville, Tenn., got a chance to talk to Kentucky forward Alex Poythress when he returned home to Clarksville to work the annual summer camp hosted by his prep coach Al Cooper.

Here are some of the insights that Poythress shared with Robinson:

On staying at UK rather than putting his name into the NBA Draft: “I like being on (Kentucky’s) campus. I like being in college. There’s nothing wrong with it. I’m not in any rush to go pro. I’m good where I’m at right now and I’m going to get another chance to improve as a player and a student and maybe do something special on the court in the end.”

 

More on the decision to stay at UK and who helped him decide: “I talked to my family and talked to the coaches and I feel like I made the right decision. There’s still a lot of things I need to improve on, and one more year of college will help with that. I’m still getting adjusted to the game and I’m on track to graduate in three years, and that’s a big plus.”

On working the camp at his high school: “It’s good to come back home. I get a chance to relax a bit, work on my game and have fun with friends.”On college life: “College is fun for me,. I’ve got a lot of friends up there. My sister, Alexis, is up there with me so I want to enjoy every moment of it. If the issue comes up again, I’ll sit down with my family and coaches and weigh my options and make that decision again. But right now it’s all about getting better as a player and working hard in class and trying to help my team win. That’s just always how I’ve approached things.”

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  1. cats79

    Alex potential is unlimited, I really think he will be more productive than that what he has shown this year. He could be the one to play a factor of winning no 9. GO CATS!!!!

  2. Rhea Baker

    Alex has been one of my favorite players since the day he announced he was coming to UK.
    Glad to see this young man has all of his ducks in a row.

  3. Kat Lover

    What a great young man with a level head. If all athletes had his wisdom this would be
    a much better place to live and play. Go CATS and go Alex.

  4. Judi Cole

    They don’t get any better than Alex. He has humility, talent and common sense. Wish more players felt like he does about the college experience. Being a good student sure helps the attitude! Wishing a wonderful junior year to one of my all time favorite UK players.

  5. Larry T Clemons

    ” Such Wisdom ” from such a Young Man…..Alex is making himself better in every way !

  6. Paul

    AP, consider getting your MBA ( or all the core work ) in your 4th year.
    Then you would have MBA AND NBA on your resume down the road. Not too shabby.

  7. JIm Haren

    I can not add any thing else. Very good decision.. I only which more players had his attitude.
    No matter how much you make in the NBA, a degree is still important.

    1. Larry T Clemons

      Jim, if your a top 12 pick and your family needs financial rescue, your almost compelled to enter the Draft. WCS stayed, and he was top 10, no doubt….but, his family is secure.

  8. fwachs

    I think Alex will be one of the most solid players on the UK squad this coming season. His quiet nature off the court and explosive ability on the court have made him one of the fan favorites! I’ve been watching the cats for a long time, and this bunch may be one of the very best! I think Alex was wise to stay. College is a lot of fun and it would be a shame to miss any of it!

  9. Phillip Barker

    He’s made all the right decisions and done well!

  10. Greg Carney

    As everyone else I am glade to see Alex stay. I also am very impressed with his intelligent mature thinking and would not only like to see more athletes be this wise but would like to see some of our government officials also have this much common sense starting with Obama

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