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Alex Poythress has seen his draft stock take a steady dive since the start of last season.
A big-time Kentucky recruit with NBA lottery expectations, Poythress has looked anything but through a season and a third of college hoops.
He passes the eye test—at 6'8'' and roughly 240 pounds, he's a dynamite frontcourt athlete. But he hasn't showcased the matching game to go with it. Last season, he was strictly a line-drive player who couldn't create or change directions off the bounce, and that really limited his scoring opportunities. He looked like your textbook tweener.
This was his year to prove doubters wrong, though it would be tough given the influx of freshman talent coming in. And so far, the newcomers have flushed him right out of the core rotation.
As a sophomore, he's seen his minutes drop from 25.8 to 17.8 a game. Further, we haven't seen much progress in terms of him diversifying his offensive arsenal. He's made just 22 buckets in 12 games.
However, Poythress is pulling in the same amount of boards this year (six) as he was last year in eight minutes less per game. If offense isn't going to be his thing, motor, energy and toughness has to be plan B. All he has to do is differentiate himself from other players at his level.