Kentucky Basketball: 5 Things Alex Poythress Must Do to Meet Expectations

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Kentucky Basketball: 5 Things Alex Poythress Must Do to Meet Expectations
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There might never be another player with a career like Alex Poythress' in the John Calipari era at Kentucky. 

He entered with high expectations after being named a McDonald's All-American with an NBA-ready body. His freshman year was marred by a terrible team season.

Despite averaging 11 points and six rebounds per game while shooting over 58 percent from the field, Poythress was looked at as a bust in terms of Kentucky basketball.

The team floundered suffering a first-round National Invitation Tournament loss to Robert Morris and Poythress was inconsistent throughout the season.

He was demoted to sixth man as a sophomore, and while his numbers dipped, his overall play improved. With a diminished role, he became a dominant defensive player while also providing a spark off the bench.

After a run to the national title game, Poythress made the decision to return to Lexington for his junior year. What his role will be is completely up in the air. With an opening at the small forward position, don't be surprised to see Poythress return to the starting five in that role.

This slideshow will take a look at the five things Poythress must do to meet the expectations set forth by Big Blue Nation.

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