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Poythress picks Kentucky, gives UK an elite class

Daryl Paunil/NRS

No one knew where he was going to go, not recruiting analysts, not coaches nor anyone else outside his inner circle. Class of 2012 small forward Alex Poythress — one of the top unsigned players left in the country — kept his recruitment very close to the vest throughout the process and delivered Kentucky head coach John Calipari some good news when he committed to the Wildcats just minutes ago.

Poythress told NRS previously that the Wildcats had his favorite coaching system and playing style when he trimmed his list. He also discussed other reasons he liked Kentucky. “With Kentucky, I like their great coaches and the fact that they’re a basketball school,” Poythress explained. “They also have good player development.”

Another reason he favored Kentucky was because of the potential opportunity he was given to go to college with his twin sister. “My favorite part of the [Kentucky] visit is how they included my sister and how we were able to talk to the volleyball coaches,” Poythress said at the time. “We also saw the volleyball team practice. I kind of want to go to college with her, we’re pretty close.”

Poythress gives Calipari his third prospect in the senior class in addition to shooting guard Archie Goodwin and center Willie Cauley. The wildcats are also going hard after class of 2012 stars small forwards Shabazz Muhammad and Devonta Pollard and power forwards Anthony Bennett and Jarnell Stokes.

Check out some video highlights of the top-25 prospect:


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