LITTLE ROCK – One of the nation's best combo forwards showed what all the fuss was about during this past weekend's Real Deal in the Rock AAU basketball tournament.
Georgia Stars standout Alex Poythress (6-8, 215) was effective all weekend both inside and on the perimeter while showing off the versatility that he brings to the court.
"I have worked really hard to try and really have an all-around game," said Poythress, who is on Arkansas' recruiting radar. "I want to be a great player and a great leader."
Poythress, a high school standout for Clarksville (TN) Northeast just outside of Nashville, is ranked by Scout.com as a four-star prospect and the No. 35 player overall in the 2012 class.
"Alex Poythress has gotten a lot better," ESPN analyst Dave Telep said. "He is a much better looking athlete than you would think he is, he is getting it to the basket and his 3-point stroke is getting a lot better. He is a major weapon and a big-time player."
Poythress averaged 25 points this past high school season.
"He brings a lot of energy to the floor and he's a team leader," Stars head coach William Steele said. . "If I need him to rebound, he gets in there to rebound. If we need a 3-pointer, you see he can shoot that very well. He likes to penetrate. He is also a very down to earth kid and any college would love to get him."
Poythress got offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati and Miami after his sophomore season and has since added Florida, Memphis Marquette and Western Kentucky.
He is also drawing interest from schools such as Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Alabama, Texas and Stanford among others.
"He is very strong and not scared to take anybody on," Steele said. "When he gets to college, I either see him being the first guy off the bench or maybe even starting right away."
Poythress is very intrigued with the Razorbacks' hiring of Mike Anderson, whose reputation is certainly of an up-tempo coach.
"I know how they play that fast 40 minutes of basketball, that 40 minutes of Hell," Poythress said. "I like how they get the ball moving up and down the court. I like to be in the open court and feel like I can excel when I can get out on the break and use my athleticism."
The Stars went 3-2 in the opening weekend of Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League and followed that up by going 6-1 and getting to the Elite Eight at the Real Deal.
"We feel like we are probably one of the best teams in the nation right now," Poythress said. "We are just trying to get better."
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