Evaluation: Poythress is a guy who no matter how high I rank him, I still don’t think it’s high enough. He’s a great slasher who is a very good finisher around the rim. He is consistently able to get to the basket and has good body control in the lane. He has good athleticism and length and has developed a jump shot to keep the defense honest. He’s simply a great prospect on offense and is able to score at will when he’s clicking. Poythress is a factor on defense as well because of his ability to rebound and even block shots. His length and athleticism can cause problems for opponents and one thing he’s able to do well is get his hands in passing lanes to make it more difficult on the offense. He is also great in transition and will fit in at Kentucky perfectly where head coach John Calipari will help him elevate his game even more.
Notes: Committed to Kentucky November 10, 2011; Twin sister is a volleyball recruit
Awards: 2012 McDonald’s All-American, 2012 Jordan Brand Classic participant, 2012 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year