Can Alex Poythress Lead the Kentucky Wildcats In Scoring?

By Trevor Lowry
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats will be getting a bunch of talented freshmen for the 2013-14 college basketball season. Essentially, anyone on this team could be the go-to guy, but can sophomore Alex Poythress lead the Wildcats in scoring?

Poythress was the second leading scorer on the team, with 11.2 points per game this past season. He hit 58.1 percent of his shots from the field and 42.4 percent of his shots from behind the arc. As you can see, he is a very accurate shooter, and with more playing time and attempts, he could put up some big numbers in the scoring department.

It helps that Poythress stands at 6’7”, which makes him very hard to guard in college hoops. He was not the best free throw shooter, but still managed to shoot around 70 percent from the charity stripe.

Poythress has so much talent and if he was playing for another team, he could easily put up near 15-17 points per game. However, he plays for Kentucky, who will be packed with talent next year.

I am not sure how John Calipari is going to work everyone into the lineup, but many players are going to have to put their solo games to the side and work together as a team.

Still, Poythress easily has the talent to lead the Wildcats in scorer, it just depends if that is how Kentucky’s system is going to work. Poythress is going to make his shots, but it all comes down to how many he will take a game. For the Wildcats’ sake, hopefully that is more than the 6.9 he averaged per game last season.


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