Poythress has Vandy Offer

Clarksville Northeast (TN) prospect Alex Poythress is one of the few 2012 prospects at the NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. A 6-foot-7, 210-pound combo forward, Poythress broke onto the scene this spring and has become one of the biggest names in his class on a national level.

On whether he has any favorites at this early stage in his recruitment, Poythress remarked, "No, not at the moment, I'm all open right now."

"It shouldn't be much of a factor," said Poythress on whether location will play a part in his decision.

If not location, what is it that Poythress is looking for? "Good academics, good hard-working practices, good skill development. That's the main staff," said the Volunteer State standout.

Poythress did not have a dream school growing up, but rather was just hoping to possibly play some hoops at the collegiate level.

"Not really. I just wanted to go to college, get good grades, and maybe play some basketball," Poythress said.

Asked when he plans to make his college choice, Poythress responded, "Maybe sometime probably next summer. I'm not sure yet. Probably before my high school senior year because I don't wanna have that bothering me."

"I like that it's close to home and the academics are good," Poythress said of Vanderbilt. "I like the coaching staff, they seem pretty good. The games are on, seem exciting."

The rising junior noted that he is being recruited to the SEC school primarily by Assistant Coach Dan Muller, but has talked to Head Coach Kevin Stallings.

As for his thoughts on Vanderbilt's unique court setup, Poythress said, "I like it, it's different."

With Wednesday the 15th having been the first day that schools could call players in the class of 2012, Poythress said that Vanderbilt was one of 14 schools to phone him. Memphis, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Texas, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Stanford, Clemson, Boston College, Miami, and two more he couldn't remember were the other ones.

It was an in-state program that was the first to dial up Poythress, but it was not the Commodores.

"Memphis [was the first to call, at] like eight in the morning," Poythress said. "It was early."

A versatile and athletic player who compares himself to LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers, Poythress is able to play both forward spots, but knows which one he wants to be at in college.

"I wanna play the three, I'm trying," Poythress said. "I see myself as a three more than likely."

It is evident that the Vanderbilt staff is trying to land one of Tennessee's elite 2012 players in Alex Poythress. Then again, so are many of the other top programs in America.

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