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Poythress picks UK

Clarksville (Tenn.) Northeast 5-star forward Alex Poythress said he wanted to keep everyone guessing in regards to his recruitment.

Poythress kept fans, coaches and recruiting analysts alike in the dark on his decision until Thursday when he chose UK.

In today's day and age with recruiting, that type of thing is rare. But he managed to do just that.

Poythress, ranked the No. 25 prospect in the 2012 class by 247Sports, finally ended the suspense Thursday afternoon, choosing Kentucky over Florida, Memphis and Vanderbilt at a press conference at his school.

After missing on some of his top targets, some were projecting a down year for UK coach John Calipari, engineer of three consecutive top-ranked recruiting classes.

But the 6-foot-8 wing forward becomes the second early signee for the Cats, joining Olathe (Kan.) Northwest center Willie Cauley (No. 35) who inked with UK Wednesday.

The Cats' first commit, Little Rock (Ark.) Sylvan Hills guard Archie Goodwin (No. 12), is expected to sign his national letter of intent Monday.

Poythress, Cauley and Goodwin join former 5-star point guard Ryan Harrow, who will be eligible for the Cats in 2012-2013 after sitting out this season as a transfer from N.C. State.

A versatile face-up combo forward, Poythress has the ability to affect the game in a number of ways on the offensively: scoring inside or from the perimeter. His size and athleticism also allows him to guard a number of positions on the defensive end.

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