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Undrafted Alex Poythress to play for Magic in summer league

Kentucky forward Alex Poythress (22) scored during the first half against Alabama on Jan. 9, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Kentucky forward Alex Poythress (22) scored during the first half against Alabama on Jan. 9, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. AP

Kentucky’s Alex Poythress, who wasn’t selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday night in Brooklyn, N.Y., will play for the Magic in the Orlando Summer League, according to a report by DraftExpress.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Clarksville, Tenn., was named to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America Second Team after his senior season, and he was one of four finalists for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Player of the Year Award.

Ahead of the draft, ESPN’s Chad Ford said of Poythress: “I think he’s a possible second-round pick because he’s an elite athlete, and I think he can defend multiple positions, and I actually hear he’s shot it pretty well in workouts. That’s what he projects, is a guy coming off the bench, playing great defense and hitting some spot-up threes. If he can just do that I think he has a long career in the NBA.”

He returned from an ACL injury in his left knee in 2014-15 and averaged 10.2 points and 6.0 rebounds during his final year.

“I wouldn’t trade my years at Kentucky for the world,” Poythress told SEC Country on June 20. “I matured. I learned how to handle things. I had everything thrown my way, different adversities — I’ve been through it all — and I just learned how to take a punch and get back up and keep on fighting. … I know people gave up on me, but I never gave up on myself.”

He missed the final 29 games of his junior season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee during a practice in early December.

Poythress was an All-SEC Freshman Team pick in 2013 after averaging 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds.

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