Poythress has big-time potential
April, 28, 2010
By Mike LaPlante, ESPN Recruiting
With the 2010 late recruiting period finishing up along with a good number of the elite prospects in the 2011 class starting to declare their commitments, many schools are already beginning to lay the ground work to position themselves with rising juniors from the Class of 2012. One player who has caught the eye of many of the southeast's elite programs is 6-7 combo forward Alex Poythress (Clarksville, Tenn.). Poythress, who plays the spring and summer circuit with the Nashville Celtics, is built like an NBA small forward. He is impressively put together and will be highly sought after for his ability to rebound the ball as well as his developing perimeter skill. Because of his size, he plays more of an inside role for his high school team, but he gets the opportunity to play away from the basket more often with the his summer team. "I can play the 3 or 4 position" said Poythress who scores inside-out and is a difficult matchup for defenders. "I have been working hard with my coach". He is an excellent student who sports a 3.9 GPA and is interested in potentially majoring in finance when he gets to college. He has already heard from academic powerhouses Stanford and Vanderbilt along with in-state schools Memphis and Tennessee. He has the potential to be an elite level player in the 2012 class.