Poythress Sets Fifth Visit

Alex Poythress already named a top five and the five-star forward from Clarksville (TN) Northeast has finally set all five visits. With some of the country's top programs waiting, Poythress isn't ready to make a decision just yet, but he has a solid five and knows a little about what he likes about those programs. He talked with Scout.com about the list and a little something from each program.

Alex Poythress like so many big time basketball players spent all summer showing off on the AAU circuit. He said that the extra work really improved his game and especially his offensive repertoire.

"My summer went pretty good," Poythress said by phone Tuesday. "I probably improved the most in shooting the ball. My range is pretty much beyond the arc now. I got a lot of individual work in. "Coaches tell me I played great, they like how I possess the ball and how I attack the basket. They like how I am a good shot blocker. I have real long arms and I can defend multiple positions."

As reported by Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels last week, Poythress will visit Vanderbilt the weekend of September 10th, Florida on the October 1st weekend, Kentucky on the October 15th weekend, and Memphis on the weekend of the 22nd.

Now it appears he has scheduled that final visit a week later on the 29th of October to Duke. "My mom set up the visit with Duke," he said. "It is the week after the Memphis visit."

Only 45 minutes away. Vanderbilt is a big time school that would be close to home and feel like home with the folks he knows in the program.

"Vanderbilt is a great academic school," Poythress said. "I have a good relationship with the players and I have known them for a couple of years."

Fresh off a Final Four visit, the Kentucky program is always an easy sell to recruits. Poythress is certainly interested in the Wildcats and what they have to offer.

"I feel like I am finally comfortable with the coaches," he said of the Wildcat program. "I like their offense. Calipari is a good coach and they really develop their players there."

Memphis isn't too far away as well and Poythress likes that a town of that size really gets into their college basketball.

"Memphis is a basketball city and school," he said. "They have a great atmosphere. I know a couple of the players there."

Always in the spotlight, Duke is a program that attracts some of the more academia minded prospects and still wins championships.

"It is another good academic school," he said of Duke. "They have a great coach and are always one of the best programs."

Academics are a huge part of the process for Poythress. He understands the necessity to get his college degree. It is a little different from some in the process that are more worried about getting in and out of school quickly just to get to the next level.

"Academics are certainly important for me," Poythress said. "You know if you blow a knee out… you will have something to fall back on. "You have to act like you are going to be there for four years and if you leave after one or two, then that's great. But, you have to approach it like you are going to be there for four years."

Florida offers a fresh mix of academics and championship caliber basketball. The Gators are a team that Poythress thinks highly of. He also knows Braxton Ogbueze and Michael Frazier from the recruiting trail and a home state guy in Casey Prather that is already on the squad.

"I think Coach Donovan is a good coach," he said of the man in charge at Florida. "I know a couple of players going there and a couple of players already there. I like how Coach Donovan uses his wings well. It is a great sports school with great atmosphere. They have Sports medicine (as a major) and good academics over all."

Billy Donovan is a big reason for Poythress' interest in Florida. He seems to know a lot about what Donovan has done for players of his ilk.

"I talk to Coach Donovan often," he said. "He's a good coach that has been at Florida for a long time and not going anywhere. My impression is that he does a great job with his wing players with guys like Chandler Parsons, Mike Miller, and Corey Brewer.

"He does a very good job with his players. He wins championships and I think he would see my potential and I would keep on improving (with his coaching)."

His visits should all be done before the early signing period, but that doesn't mean a final decision and signing will come at that time. But, he does know what that decision will be based on.

"I don't know when I will make it," Poythress said. "I just think I will find the best fit for me overall on the court and off the court."

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