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From the Pressbox: Poythress, Calipari an ideal fit

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46 points, 25 rebounds, seven blocks.

That was the stat line from a game earlier this season for future Wildcat Alex Poythress, so if Anthony Davis doesn't get the elusive triple-double (there's only been one in Kentucky basketball history), maybe Poythress will someday.

Big Blue fans recently got to see Poythress play in a high school event in Lexington in which he poured in 42 points. Of course, those kinds of numbers don't come as any surprise to Norman Parker, who was Poythress' AAU coach last summer.

"I have been doing this for 25 years and had a great group of athletes that have come through our program, but there hasn't been one more athletic than Alex Poythress," Parker said recently on "The Leach Report" radio show.  "Alex is more of a perimeter player.  Being 6-(foot)-8, most of them play with their back to the basket in the paint but he is a perimeter guy who can shoot the three and take the ball to the basket will ease.  What is impressive about Alex, being 6-8, is the way he handles the ball.  He comes off the dribble as quick as I've seen and I've seen him beat smaller guys that are quicker than him, but his first dribble and first step is incredible in getting to the basket."

Sounds like a perfect fit for John Calipari's Dribble Drive Motion attack.

"I don't want to compare him to (Terrence) Jones because Jones is a special athlete and good player but Alex I think will fit in very nice there," Parker said. "I am not saying that that is where Coach Cal is going to play him but he is a similar type player - shoots the ball well from outside the perimeter and takes the ball to the hole with quickness. He is a big, strong athlete and what makes him special, too, is his character.  He is a mild-mannered young man that has good character is a 'yes sir' and 'no sir' young man and Coach Calipari will enjoy coaching him."

According to Parker, Poythress is more comfortable on the perimeter but playing inside, if needed, would not be an issue.

"It's something he would do," Parker said. "We had the big guys like (Tony) Parker that dominated the inside so I didn't need him there and when I recruited him, we recruited him as a perimeter player. I think he is more comfortable facing the basket than having his back to the basket, but the times we put him on the blocks, he played very well. It's something he can do and anything Coach Cal asked him to do he would be glad to do it."

Parker says Calipari's ability to help players realize their full potential was a key factor for Poythress deciding on UK. And Parker says coach Cal is getting a highly skilled player, as well as one who fits easily into a team concept.

"When you have players like Tony Parker, who is one of the top five big guys in the country, I think they are two McDonald's All-American players," the coach added. "They have played together being both in the top 20 in the country so he knows how to share the basketball with talent. We had nine high major players this year, so he knows how to distribute the ball and play as a team player and that is Alex Poythress, that is his strength. He knows to distribute the ball to players around him."

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