Alex Poythress discusses Vanderbilt

As the No. 13 ranked player in the recently updated Top 100 for the class of 2012, there is no question that Alex Poythress is a big-time hoops talent. The 6-foot-8 combo forward out of Clarksville Northeast (TN) has a host of big-time programs after him. He took the time to discuss his recruitment with

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The skilled Volunteer State star lists Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Memphis, Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, Alabama, Stanford, Louisville, Marquette, Kentucky, UConn, Ohio State, and Duke.

"That's all I can remember right now," Poythress said, adding that he has offers from all of those schools except Duke, Ohio State, Kentucky, and Louisville.

Poythress has no favorites at this point, but has already taken unofficial visits to a half dozen programs. Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Georgia Tech have all had the opportunity to host him on a trip.

No visit in particular stood out to Poythress, whose most recent trip was to Georgia Tech a two weekends ago when he was in Atlanta for the Wallace Prather Memorial Tournament.

On what he is looking for in a school, Poythress remarked, "Player development, how I would fit in their offense, style of play, coaching staff and academics."

The offensive style that Poythress is looking for is one "where [the team will] attack the rim a lot." There is no particular coach with whom Poythress has the best relationship at this point in time.

"I'm going to try to narrow things down after the summer and then I'm going to try to take all my official visits and then make my decision in the fall," Poythress said of his commitment timetable.

Poythress said that his mother is the one who helps him along during the recruiting process, talking to coaches and such.

Vanderbilt is the school closest to Poythress, as the SEC program is just 45 minutes from him. Will the proximity of Vanderbilt be a factor for Poythress? "It might, but it really isn't that much of a factor," he said.

Despite being within an hour of the school, Poythress said he did not grow up rooting for Vanderbilt.

"No, I was just as basketball fan," the long, skilled forward said. "Really didn't have a [team]."

Poythress is being recruited to Vanderbilt by assistant coach Dan Muller, discussed what he likes about the school.

"The environment, the atmosphere and the coaches," Poythress said, adding, "The players too."

One of those soon-to-be Vanderbilt players, fellow Tennessee native Kedren Johnson, is also in Poythress' ear, the rising senior said.

Poythress lists "attacking the basket" as the strongest aspect of his game, while defense is his what he says his weakest point is.

What player does Poythress compare his game to? "Nobody really," he said. "I just try to play."

Vanderbilt fans and coaches would certainly love to see Alex Poythress continue to play close to home in Nashville in a couple years. However, the Commodores have competition from many elite programs for the big-time 2012 prospect and this one is far from over. Top Stories