Alex Poythress hopes to be cleared by end of August

Kentucky Wildcats senior forward Alex Poythress is recovering well on the road back from a torn ACL and hopes to be cleared by the end of August. Speaking to Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal, Poythress offered updates on working his way back to the hardwood.

On his health and if he’ll be 100 percent by the start of the season

“Yeah, close. They’re trying to say I’ll probably be cleared by the end of August probably, so I’ll just keep on doing my rehab, keep on doing what I need to do and trying to get healthy and trying to get back out there.”

On how much he’s able to do right now

“I’m doing all the lifting and conditioning with the team. I’m not playing with them, but I am running on the track with them, doing footwork drills with them.”

A 6-foot-8, 238 pound power forward, Poythress tore his ACL during a December practice last season. At the time, he was averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

In three seasons with the Wildcats, he has posted eight points and 5.1 boards per contest while shooting 53 percent from the field.

Even in his absence last season, Kentucky went on an incredible run and was undefeated before falling to Wisconsin in the Final Four.

Hopefully, having Poythress back on the court next season on top of a fine recruiting class will help the team contend for another championship.

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