Alex Poythress And Willie Cauley-Stein Will Shine for Kentucky Wildcats Next Season

By Trevor Lowry
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats came into the 2012-13 college basketball season as the defending national champs, and they left the season with a loss in the first round of the NIT. For some people this would be alarming, but for John Calipari, it meant that he could scratch this nightmare season and start looking forward to his superb recruiting class coming in. However, there will be two great players back on the team in Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein.

You can bet that these two players will shine in their sophomore season with the Wildcats.

However, being a starter on this team will be quite the feat, with one of the best recruiting classes in the history of college basketball coming in.

Still, Poythress did average 11.2 points per game and six rebounds per game. Cauley-Stein put up 8.3 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. Poythress could be a very lethal scorer in the upcoming season, while Cauley-Stein is just as good as anyone on the defensive side of the ball.

With so much talent coming in, it will be interesting to see how Calipari rotates everyone, but Cauley-Stein and Poythress went through a lot this past season and they will likely be the leaders of this team, along with Kyle Wiltjer.

Just a season ago, Cauley-Stein and Poythress were very highly rated recruits. Just because an even better recruiting class is coming in does not mean that Calipari is just going to drop these two players, at least I hope not. When Poythress does decide to go pro, he could very easily be a top 10 pick and Cauley-Stein will be a likely lottery pick. However, this next season will determine that.

Kentucky is going to have some big boys on its team next year, which includes these two players. These two came back to likely make a name for themselves in college hoops and to increase their playing abilities so they can be ready as possible for the NBA. Both of those could easily happen next year, and I would suspect that Cauley-Stein and Poythress would shine for Kentucky.


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