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Two former Wildcats named NBA Development League All-Stars

Alex Poythress
Alex Poythress

Game to be played Feb. 18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2017) — Former University of Kentucky basketball players Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson were named to the NBA Development League All-Star team. The D-League is the NBA’s minor leagues. The game will be played Feb. 18 in New Orleans.

Poythress played at UK from 2012-2016. During the 2015-16 season he averaged 10.2 points and 6 rebounds per game, but was not drafted. He currently plays in the D-League for Fort Wayne, where he averages 18.9 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Johnson, who played at UK from 2013-15, averaged 6.3 points and 4.6 rebounds his sophomore season. He was drafted in 2015 by Oklahoma City Thunder and now plays for the D-League’s Oklahoma City Blue, where he averages 18.5 points and 8.2 rebounds.

NBA teams can assign players with less than three years of service to their NBA D-League affiliates an unlimited number of times throughout the season. The NBA team maintains the assigned player’s rights and can recall that player at any time.