Kentucky Wildcats senior big man Alex Poythress is still recovering from a torn ACL, but believes he will be ready to return by the start of the regular season. Speaking to Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal, Wildcats coach John Calipari offered more clarity.
“He’s got to get where he’s completely comfortable just letting it go,” Calipari told reporters. “There’s going to be a tentativeness. The mental part of that, for a while, it will be there. … You just want this to work for him. Obviously, I want our team to win, but I want this to work for him.”
“How quickly can he start being who he is? A lot of what we do, it will center around Alex.”
Not to play woulda, coulda, shoulda, but Poythress’ presence on the court was clearly missed during the tournament last year and his low-post presence could have been a difference-maker. Poythress’ 6-foot-8, 230 pound frame makes him perfect for the paint and his experience and leadership could do wonders for a new, freshman-heavy Kentucky squad this season, but he is of no use to his team if not 100 percent healthy.
Poythress has returned to practice, but is still limited and sitting out some drills. Hopefully, he can recover in time for Kentucky’s season opener against the America East’s Albany Great Danes, set to be played at Rupp Arena on November 13.
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