Poythress will return to Wildcats

One more piece of Kentucky's roster puzzle has been settled. The school announced Tuesday night that forward Alex Poythress plans to return to the Wildcats for his sophomore season in 2013-14.

One more piece of Kentucky's roster puzzle has been settled.

The school announced Tuesday night that forward Alex Poythress plans to return to the Wildcats for his sophomore season in 2013-14.

"This year didn't end like we wanted it to," Poythress said. "I want to come back and do what we said we wanted to do and that's win a national title. I want to develop more as a player and the competition coming in next year should help me do that."

Poythress is the third UK underclassman to announce he'll be back in Lexington, joining freshman center Willie Cauley-Stein and sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer, who recently announced their intentions.

Two players are departing the program -- sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow, who plans to transfer to Georgia State, and freshman guard Archie Goodwin, who says he'll enter his name in the 2013 NBA Draft.

"I'm really happy that, after talking with his family and evaluating his options, Alex has decided to return for his sophomore season," UK coach John Calipari said in a statement released by the school. "Alex is a great kid with a lot of potential and I'm excited to be able to work with him next year. I believe we have only scratched the surface with Alex, and another season in college will get him closer to reaching his dreams."

Poythress earned SEC All-Freshman accolades this season, averaging 11.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Many NBA mock draft boards had him as a lottery pick earlier in the season, but he had slipped to late-first round and possibly second round in most of the recent updates.


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