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Kentucky signee Poythress makes Naismith watch list

Alex Poythress ( photo)
Alex Poythress ( photo)

University of Kentucky basketball signee Alex Poythress is among the six senior boys named to the Naismith Trophy High School Player of the Year pre-season watch list announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Thursday.

Poythress, a senior at Clarksville (Tenn.) Northeast High School, is averaging 29.0 points through nine games this season.

The watch list was comprised by leading basketball journalists from around the country who form the national voting academy, and identify players under consideration for the award. The winner will be announced in March.

The watch list also includes UK target Shabazz Muhammad of Bishop Gorman (Nev.).

The remaining four are Kyle Anderson (UCLA), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Brandon Ashley (Arizona) and Isaiah Austin (Baylor).