Boston Celtics Draft Prospects: Alex Poythress

By Rob Lunder
Boston Celtics, Alex Poythress
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March Madness is still in full swing and today we continue our look at Boston Celtics Draft Prospects for this June. A name to keep an eye on is freshman forward Alex Poythress of the Kentucky Wildcats. Playing for head coach John Calipari, he underachieved this year compared to the type of season most people were expecting. He was a consensus to 25 recruit coming out of high school and most people figured he would be a shoo-in to only stay one year in Lexington. He did not have a particularly strong year and it will be a tough decision for him whether to enter the draft or return to school for his sophomore season. The problem with returning to college is that Kentucky is bringing in arguably the greatest recruiting class of all time for next season. They could have as many as 9 NBA draft picks for next year if the guys from this year return for next season. That is just a ridiculous and absurd number. This would probably be the main reason as to why Poythress is thinking so hard about this decision. He is not ready for the professional ranks but he offers such great upside that it might make sense for him to bolt early.

This would be a great pick by the Celtics if he fell to their pick this summer. He has barely scratched the surface of what he can become and training from head coach Doc Rivers would obviously only be a benefit. He is a hybrid forward who is also very athletic.

Poythress would be better served returning to college next season but it wouldn’t be shocking if he entered his name into the draft.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports.  For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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