Poythress to raise his stock?
Been playing well throughout the Tourney as the "junkyard dog" type of guy for the team. Randle currently down, is this his time to shine and reappear in draft talks?
well, he has but thats not saying much. he's still a 2nd round prospect. he's still a tweener with a questionable motor. he cant create his offense on the perimeter and doesnt have post moves. jus an incredible athlete.
Why is Randle currently down?
Translation! Down = he left the court with an "injury" at the time.
Poythress was initially thought of as a high lottery pick when he showed up. I think he's a slow learner. He actually CAN create offense on his own, watch high school footage. However, at Kentucky, they tried to give him the ball to create at the beginning of last and he kept giving the ball away. Calpari has a thousand other options and instead of trying to develop Poythress as an offensive creator, he gave it to someone else.
Poythress actually has an excellent motor... now. If you watched the broadcast today, they mentioned that Poythress didn't believe Calpari that he had a low motor until he put heart rate monitor on him... and that made a difference. Again, slow learner. That's why up until mid-season, you could find him way out of position on offense, guarding no one. But this kid tends to come around, it just takes him longer.
When you come to Kentucky you might be first learning how a team actually works, but you're expected to have all of your skills lined up because you're supposed to win the NCAA tournament your freshman year. I think if Poythress sticks around and is given more of a chance with the ball, we'll see that he can do more. I still think a lot of this player. If you don't think he can drive and create offense, there are plenty of clips on YouTube that show him driving. But he's coached on what he's allowed to try.
He's probably a 2nd round pick today, but has quite a bit of upside for the right coach. I think he should return to Kentucky and maybe get picked higher in next year's weaker draft.
I think he should stay in school one more year, to develop. He has legitimate athletic prowess, and if he can polish up offensively, with his potential to be something special on the defensive end with his strength, size, speed, and improved effort on the latter part of the year (as you attested to), he is worthy of a first round choice. I like him, and I hope he succeeds, but he needs another year in college, he's not ready yet.
Probably not. He really is a terriffic athlete, and I love how strong he his, but he'd be an athletic glue type guy in the NBA. I don't think he'll ever be an offensive creator, and that's fine, there are a lot of players who have great careers despite not creating offense.
I agree with many others that he'd be a 2nd rounder this year, but coming back he could work on his offense and maybe sneak into the late 1st round next season. I don't ever think he'll be a good offensive prospect, when looking at his next level translation, but if he work on his spot up 3 point shot, he could be a nice 3 and D option.
Of course he has improved his stock.
This guy really didn't do anything significant in the regular season, and he's made some big time plays in the tourney. I have no clue where that puts him on draft boards, whether he's a 2nd rounder or not, I would tend to believe his stock has had to have gone up.
Poythress has made some nice energy plays and displayed his athleticism, but he's averaging 6.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg in the tournament. No doubt, Alex has come up big for the Wildcats, but what does he do as far as next level translation that would seriously elivate his stock?
Everyone knew he was a great athlete, and he's doing a great job using those skills to help his team in his current role, but it's not like the guy is tearing it up enough to warrant some sort of stock spike, or boost into the 1st round. This is an athletic glue guy averaging 6.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg in his team's great NCAA run. He's an important cog in the machine, but NBA translation at a level high enough to warrant a 1st round draft pick? I disagree.