Alex Poythress to play junior season at Kentucky

After his unpinned performance in the Final Four, Alex Poythress toyed with the thought of entering his name in the 2014 NBA Draft. Today, the forward has ultimately decided to return for his junior season.

From UK Athletics:

“Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure that I’m NBA-ready before I make that jump,” Poythress said. “By coming back, I’ll be so much closer to earning my degree in business and it will give me another year to prepare my game and my body for the next level.”

Head Kentucky basketball Coach John Calipari believes Poythress is ready to lead another young Kentucky squad next season.

“I’m excited for Alex and the decision he’s arrived at,” head coach John Calipari said. “I’m proud of the work he committed to this past season, on and off the floor, and think he’s ready to take that next step and lead this team next season.”

Poythress, who was one of the ring leaders throughout the 2013-2014 season, helped pilot the Wildcats to the national championship game. He averaged 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds a game and most notably, propelled the Cats forward in their Final Four matchup against Wisconsin. Poythress finished that game with eight points – four of which came in the final five minutes of the game – and snagged seven rebounds.

Poythress’ decision comes after seven-footers Willie Cauley-Stein and Marcus Lee announced their decision to stay with the Wildcats last week. With Poythress officially back in the mix, the return of Cauley-Stein and Lee, and the addition of freshmen Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles, the Wildcats will have a loaded frontcourt.

Kentucky fans and the NBA now await the decision of  Aaron and Andrew Harrison. The Harrison Twins have until Sunday, April 27th to finalize whether they will stay another year in a Kentucky jersey or declare for the draft.

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