Thanks to class of 2012 power forward Alex Poythress (#25) for doing the interview with us. He is a 6’8, 215-pound big man who attends Northeast High School and plays AAU for the Georgia Stars. He’s being recruited by the top colleges across the country from Kentucky to Duke to local schools such as Tennessee.
Vandy, Memphis, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, UConn, Duke, Kentucky, Ohio State, Stanford and some more.
What are you looking for in a school?
I’m just trying to find the best fit for me. I like an up-tempo offense where the point guards run a lot.
What has been your favorite part of the recruiting process?
Having all of the coaches watching you is pretty cool. Getting all of the calls from the college coaches is pretty cool too and just talking to them about their program and stuff like that.
Who has helped you the most in the recruiting process?
Probably my mom, my high school coach and my dad. They just help me figure out who’s telling the truth and who’s not. They have my best interest at heart.
Which coaching staff do you have a strong relationship with?
Probably Vandy since they’ve been recruiting me the longest, it doesn’t necessarily give them an advantage though because a lot of schools have been recruiting me for a long time.
Which coaching changes have affected your recruitment?
Tennessee affected me a lot. They’re still recruiting me, actually, [head] coach [Cuonzo] Martin called me a few weeks ago so I’m still considering them.
Who’s trying to recruit you to go to their school?
We’ve been joking around but [class of 2012 power forward] Robert [Carter] (#33), [class of 2012 power forward] Tony [Parker] (#15), [class of 2012 small forward] Damien [Wilson] and people like that but we’re mostly just joking around a whole lot.
What is your favorite basketball memory?
Probably winning our sub-state game to go to states my freshman year. It was the first time my school went to states in school history.
What’s one thing people probably don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know I play tennis, I’ve been playing since my sophomore year. I just play it because all of my friends play it.
What are some of the things you’ll be working on this summer to improve as a player?
Just working on my mid-range game, my ball-handling, and to get my shot a little bit more consistent.
What has been your favorite event or camp so far this summer?
My favorite camp is the Kevin Durant Nike Skills Academy, it was pretty nice. The drills are good and you have one of the best players interacting with you, it was pretty cool.
Maybe in the fall, I want to narrow down my schools this summer.
Which fan base is recruiting you the best and the hardest?
Kentucky, Louisville and Memphis. It does impact my recruitment because it shows how crazy and passionate the fans are.
What’s one thing you think people probably don’t know about the recruiting process?
People probably don’t know how hard it is and how many phone calls you get. I’m always getting calls, everyday of the week.
What advice would you give younger kids regarding basketball and the recruiting process?
For basketball they just need to keep working hard and keep getting better. With the recruiting process they just need to take their time because there’s no rush.
What was it like hearing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speak at the NBPA Top 100 Camp?
It was pretty exciting, you just need to take it all in, it’s not something you get to do everyday.