Pothress working on his game

Kentucky coach John Calipari promises that Alex Poythress will improve.

In fact, he's taking a personal interest to ensure the freshman's growth.

One of the Wildcats' four highly touted rookies, Poythress is struggling. Despite being Kentucky's second-leading scorer and rebounder, inconsistency has raised concerns about his commitment.

Poythress didn't start in Saturday's 80-77 loss to rival Louisville and had just seven points and five rebounds in a season-low 15 minutes. Calipari hinted Monday that Poythress might not play in Wednesday's non-conference home game against Eastern Michigan unless he improves.

The coach is trying to avoid that scenario through one-on-one sessions with Poythress, aiming to correct flaws in his game and motivate the soft-spoken forward. Calipari's personal instruction has already helped guard Ryan Harrow rejoin the starting lineup for Kentucky (8-4).