Men's Basketball
Alex Poythress - Men's Basketball - University of Kentucky Athletics 22


  • height 6-8
  • Weight 230
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Clarksville, Tenn.
  • High school Northeast


Senior: Named to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America Second Team … One of four finalists for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Player of the Year Award … One of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award … Finished his career with 112 games played and 62 starts … Returned from an ACL injury in his left knee in 2014-15 and appeared in 31 games in 2015-16 with 23 starts … Averaged 10.2 points, most among UK’s frontcourt players, and a 6.0 rebounding average which tied for the team high … Posted four double-doubles, tied for the second most on the team … Led the team in rebounding eight times … Finished his career with 966 points, 597 rebounds and 77 blocks, becoming just the 12th player in program history with at least 900 points, at least 500 rebounds and at least 70 blocks … Averaged double figures for the second time in his career while earning a career-best 19 steals … His .601 field-goal percentage ranks as the fifth best in the John Calipari era … Scored in double figures in 10 of his last 13 games … Missed five games in February due to a right knee injury … Scored in double figures in seven of the last nine games, including six straight, after returning from the right knee injury, averaging 10.7 points during that stretch … Strong NCAA Tournament game vs. Stony Brook with 12 points and four rebounds … Helped UK to the SEC Tournament championship with 10 points and six rebounds vs. No. 17 Texas A&M … Nearly unstoppable vs. Georgia in the SEC Tournament with 20 points and seven rebounds on 7-of-8 shooting … Notched a double-double at Florida with 12 points and 10 rebounds … Returned from a right knee injury and scored 14 points in just 17 minutes in a key home win vs. Alabama … Scored 14 points in just 17 minutes at Tennessee … Solid all-around game at No. 4 Kansas with 13 points, eight boards, two steals and a block … Made 8 of 10 shots en route to 16 points at home vs. Vanderbilt … Blocked three shots at Auburn … Scored a career-high 25 points at Alabama on 8-of-10 shooting and a 9-of-11 day at the free-throw line … The 25 points vs. Alabama was the most by a senior in the Calipari era at Kentucky … Also grabbed seven rebounds at Alabama … Pulled down nine rebounds in the home win vs. Ole Miss … Posted 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks in the victory over No. 16 Louisville … Had a career day against Eastern Kentucky with 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass … Was 9 for 12 from the field in the EKU game … Flirted with a double-double with nine points and seven rebounds in the win over Illinois State … Posted back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Boston U. and Wright State … Against Boston U., totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds … In the victory over Wright State, recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds … Back-to-back games with nine points and seven rebounds vs. No. 5 Duke and NJIT.


Junior: An SEC Academic Honor Roll member for the third time in his career … Earned his undergraduate degree in business marketing from UK in just three years … Missed the final 29 games of his junior season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a practice in early December … Started the eight games in which he appeared … Averaged 5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game … Had eight points in the win over No. 6 Texas … Posted six points and a career-high two steals in the win over Providence … Logged four points and a career-high four blocks with nine rebounds in the win over UT Arlington … Registered nine points and six rebounds with a pair of blocks in the season-opening win over Grand Canyon.


Sophomore: Appeared in all 40 contests for UK and served as the team’s sixth-man … Averaged 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game … Scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds in 29 minutes of action to push UK past Wisconsin in the Final Four … Delivered eight points to help UK move past Michigan in the Elite Eight … Scored six points in the final five minutes of the game to help UK secure a comeback win over Louisville in the Sweet 16 … Tallied six points as UK knocked off Wichita State … Notched 10 points and seven rebounds in UK’s win over Ole Miss … Scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds at LSU … Tallied 11 points and five rebounds in UK’s win over Georgia … Recorded a season-high 16 points, including shooting 8-of-9 from the charity stripe, and pulled down five boards in UK’s win over Texas A&M … Scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 32 minutes of action at Arkansas … Tallied nine points and four boards in UK’s win at Vanderbilt … Notched 12 points which included five dunks in UK’s win over Mississippi State … Scored seven points and hauled in five boards in a win vs. Louisville … Pulled down eight rebounds on the road at North Carolina … Grabbed six rebounds in UK’s win over Eastern Michigan … Tallied seven points and seven rebounds to help UK overcome Cleveland State … Passed out a career-high three assists in a win over Robert Morris … In 27 minutes of action vs. Michigan State, scored seven points and pulled down 12 rebounds … Recorded nine points and seven rebounds in a win over Northern Kentucky … Registered a double-double effort with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in season-opening victory over UNC Asheville … Notched a pair of rebounds in a minute of a win over Transylvania.


Freshman: Appeared in all 33 games, making 31 starts … Ranked second on the team with 11.2 points, while also hauling in an average of 6.0 rebounds per outing … Tallied nine points and career-high 12 rebounds in win over Florida … Recorded 16 points and eight rebounds in win over Mississippi State … Posted 21 points and seven rebounds in career-high 40 minutes against Missouri … Grabbed nine rebounds in win over South Carolina … Was 5-of-6 from the free throw line in win at Texas A&M … Scored 15 points, while grabbing seven rebounds in win at Ole Miss … Tallied first career 20-10 game against LSU with 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds … Posted 12 points and seven rebounds in win at Auburn … Scored 10 points while grabbing eight rebounds in 24 minutes against Tennessee … Totaled 12 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes against Texas A&M … Posted seven points, six rebounds in SEC debut at Vanderbilt … Tallied 16 points and five boards against Eastern Michigan … Logged nine points and nine rebounds in win over Marshall … Recorded game-high 15 points to go with six rebounds and two blocks against Portland … Totaled 16 points and eight rebounds in win over Samford … Had 13 points and a career-high two blocks vs. Baylor … Became first Wildcat to have four-straight 20-point games since Jodie Meeks in the 2008-09 season … First UK freshman to record four-straight 20-point games since Dwight Anderson in 1978-79 season … Tied career-high 22 points against LIU Brooklyn while grabbing a career-high nine rebounds … Tallied 20 points, including 8-8 from the FT?line, and eight rebounds against Morehead State … Scored a career-high 22 points against Lafayette … Posted career highs in points (20), rebounds (7) and minutes played (37) against Duke … In collegiate debut against Maryland, tallied eight points and seven rebounds.

High School

Named Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball and was also named Gatorade State Player of the Year … Earned Parade and McDonalds All-America honors … Seventh overall player and the No. 3 small forward by … Rated eighth overall and No. 2 at his position by … ESPNU recruiting ranked him13th overall and No. 3 at his position.


Son of Regina and Antoine Poythress … Chose Kentucky over Florida, Memphis, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky … Twin sister Alexis also attends UK … Born Sept. 6, 1993 in Savannah, Ga.

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