Eurohoops News: Maccabi signs former UK Wildcat Alex Poythress


By Eurohoops team/

Alex Poythress is the new member of Maccabi Tel Aviv. Despite Valencia’s interest the US big man decided to move to Israel.

Maccabi has been long targeting Poythress and finally, they got their man.

Per the official press release: The roster for the upcoming season is starting to take form. Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv has signed Alex Poythress (6ft 9in, 28 years-old) for the next two years. The American power-forward, a graduate of Kentucky with NBA experience, has starred in the EuroLeague for the past two years with Zenit St. Petersburg, recently won the VTB Championship and joins the front line under new coach Oded Kattash.

“I’m very happy to join the legendary Maccabi franchise. exited to come to Tel Aviv and meet the amazing fan base”, Alex Poythress told “I want to thank the organization and the management. l had a great talk with coach Oded. Let’s go Maccabi!”

“Alex is a fantastic athlete who plays on both ends of the floor”, stated Head Coach Oded Kattash, “He is an elite offensive rebounder and pick-and-role player who also runs the floor extremely well. Alex is versatile defensively and can provide solutions with different lineups and schemes. He is also a high-level person who comes from a great athletic background”.

In the last two years Alex Poythress established himself as one of the leading forwards in the EuroLeague with a lot of power and athleticism. He is an excellent finisher, great at spotting miss-matches and brings tough defense every night to the court. 

Last season Poythress recorded 23 games in Europe’s top competition and within Zenit’s team structure averaged 7.7 points on 64% from 2-point range, along with 4.2 rebounds in 20 minutes per game. In the challenging VTB League he provided 12.9 points (70% from the field) and collected 5.3 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per evening.

Poythress was born in Savannah, Georgia on September 6th, 1993. He starred in a Tennessee high school and was considered one of the top players in his class in the United States. He received offers from several prominent colleges and chose to play on Kentucky’s excellent basketball program under coach John Calipari. He completed four years, which included impressively overcoming a frustrating injury, and reached two Final Four and one final appearance with the Wildcats.

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