Alex Poythress is the most valuable player for Kentucky as well as often the most forgotten about. Despite being the No. 13 ranked player in the class of 2012 behind teammates Goodwin and Noel, Poythress gives Kentucky the chance to be great.
While it is often believed point guards determine how great Calipari's teams are it is often a wing player that is the most important player. The 6'7" freshman provides Calipari with the diverse wing he needs on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
Poythress is able to play both inside and outside on offense as he is averaging over 15 points per game so far this season. Defensively Poythress has the capability to guard four different positions on the court, much like Darius Miller was able to last season.
Poythress is rapidly improving with each game, becoming a scoring threat and upping his rebound total to over six rebounds per game.
More importantly there isn't a backup for Poythress. There isn't another wing player on Kentucky's roster this year.
Noel might be the best player, but Calipari can sub Cauley-Stein in and he can still make an impact on the game. There is an influx of guards on the roster this season and Kentucky can combine any sort of lineup with Harrow, Mays and Goodwin.
But, Poythress is different. No one else is as diverse as him on the roster and with him not on the floor Calipari has to make the decision to either go with three guards or play big with both Cauley-Stein and Noel on the floor. Poythress just adds another dimension to the team.
If Kentucky wants to make a run in March to another Final Four, it will Poythress that gives them the chance to get there.