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John Calipari updates Alex Poythress' recovery from ACL tear

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Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress is progressing well in his rehab from a torn ACL, according to head coach John Calipari.

During a meeting with the media Saturday at his Pro Camp, Cal offered up a positive update on his star forward who's still recovering from last season's ACL tear.

Cal also said Poythress began sprinting a few days ago, a good sign that knee is close to being fully healed.

Poythress, a 6-foot-8 forward from Clarksville, Tenn., was averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds for Kentucky this past season before suffering his torn ACL in practice. He has played in a team-high 81 career games with 39 starts.

Once he returns, Poythress will likely be the starting power forward for the a Wildcats team expected to contend for another Final Four and NCAA Championship. 2015-16 will technically be his senior season, but Poythress will have another year of eligibility because of hid tear allowing him to take a medical redshirt for last year.