Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/13/14

LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 21: John Calipari the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team during the 88-44 victory over the Drexel Dragons at Rupp Arena on December 21, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky. The victory was the 2,000th in the history of Kentucky basketball. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Kentucky coach John Calipari says that forward Alex Poythress will return for his sophomore season with the Wildcats. Projected as a first-round NBA draft pick when he arrived last fall as part of another highly-touted recruiting class, the 6-foot-7 forward had a rollercoaster freshman season. He made the Southeastern Conference's all-Freshman Team but was criticized by Calipari for his lack of focus at times. The coach later suggested that Poythress might benefit from another year of experience. Poythress had hinted at staying as well, following through after talking with family and mulling his options. His decision pleased Calipari, who said in a release his belief that ''we have only scratched the surface with Alex.'' Poythress, who started 30 games, was Kentucky's second-leading scorer (11.4 points per game) and rebounder (6.2) respectively last season. ''This year didn't end like we wanted it to,'' Poythress said in a release. ''I want to come back and do what we said we wa...
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