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Basketball Media Days: Kentucky’s Alex Poythress

Kentucky forward Alex Poythress answers questions at the SEC Basketball Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.

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Poythress Announces He’ll Return To Kentucky

mrsec-breaking-newsKentucky forward Alex Poythress announced Tuesday he will return for his sophomore season.

Poythress was Kentucky’s second-leading scorer (11.4 points per game) and rebounder (6.2 per game) during his first year in Lexington.

“This year didn’t end like we wanted it to,” Poythress said in a released statement. “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.”

That competition will include six McDonald’s All-Americans as part of Kentucky’s 2013 class, which ranks No. 1 in the nation.

Poythress joins center Willie Cauley-Stein and forward Kyle Wiltjer in the decision to return to Lexington next season.

Freshman guard Archie Goodwin has already declared for the NBA draft while freshman forward Nerlens Noel has yet to announce his future plans. But Noel, who’s ranked the No. 1 overall draft prospect by ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, is expected to turn pro.

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Archie Goodwin Impresses In Chicago

The nation’s top high school basketball seniors will be in action on Wednesday during the annual McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago.

Kentucky will have two signees participating in the game: guard Archie Goodwin and forward Alex Poythress. Goodwin is the more highly-rated player of the two, and he’s shown this week why Rivals considers him the nation’s 12th-best prospect for the class of 2012.

Muhammad is another Kentucky target, although many believe UCLA leads for the forward from Las Vegas. He’s expected to announce his college decision on April 10.

Kentucky will be the only SEC school with signed or committed players in Wednesday’s game. That could change with a few players, including center Tony Parker and forward Devonta Pollard, undecided on their college decisions.

Click here to see the rosters for Wednesday’s All-American game.

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Basketball Star Goodwin Chooses Memphis

Basketball forward prospect Shaq Goodwin from Southwest Dekalb High School in Decatur, Ga., has committed to Memphis.

Goodwin chose Memphis over offers from Florida, Georgia, UCLA and Arizona.

Memphis is also recruiting forward Alex Poythress, who will announce his choice on Thursday. Florida, Kentucky and Vanderbilt are also in the running for Poythress.

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Junior Forward Considering SEC Schools

Connecticut is the latest school to offer junior forward Alex Poythress from Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tenn.

Poythress has offers from such schools as Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

I haven’t narrowed anything down yet,” Poythress said of his nine scholarship offers.

Duke has shown interest in Poythress but has yet to offer.

“They’ve got to evaluate me some more,” he said. “They came to the school to come watch me. It was one of the assistants.”

Poythress said he hopes to make a final decision before his senior season begins.

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