Poythress looking for 'best' fit

While Vanderbilt, Memphis and Tennessee are working hard to keep Clarksville, TN., forward Alex Poythress from leaving the Volunteer state for college, Louisville, Florida, Duke, Kentucky and Ohio State are tempting the five-star prospect with the opportunity to play big-time college basketball.

For his part, the athletic 6-foot-8, 210-pound Alex Poythress isn't ready to tip his hand and name favorites, though he did make an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt last week to play pickup ball with the Commodore players.

"Nobody is really standing out right now because I haven't cut my list down," Poythress said. "The schools that are recruiting me are Vandy, Memphis, Tennessee, Louisville, Florida, Duke, Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, Stanford and Kentucky."

Louisville jumped into Poythress' recruitment this spring after Richard Pitino, who had been recruiting Poythress while at Florida, rejoined his father's coaching staff. One of Louisville's top 2012 prospects, the Cardinals hope to entice Poythress to visit campus this summer.

"Louisville is a good school," Poythress said. "I've talked to Coach Rick Pitino a lot. I talked to him actually a couple weeks ago. We're going to see if we can find a date to get me on campus. I'm still trying to work out what visits I might take."

After landing a Top 5-10 2011 recruiting class, Louisville hopes to land a few more studs in 2012.

"They said they need a tall wing player who can run the floor well and do a little bit of everything," Poythress said.

A versatile forward who is still trying to polish his skills, Poythress excels attacking the rim. He's looking for a school – and a system – that will showcase his athleticism and ability to attack the basket.

"I'm going to look at what all the schools have to offer before I narrow my list down," Poythress said. "I'm looking for the best fit for me, an uptempo team that gets up and down the floor, and spaces the ball so I can attack the rim."


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