Kentucky's Alex Poythress has decided to return to college for his junior season.

"Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure that I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump," Poythress said. "By coming back, I'll be so much closer to earning my degree in business, and it will give me another year to prepare my game and my body for the next level."

Poythress averaged 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds this season while helping the Wildcats make the title game of the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-7 forward was considered a likely second-round pick had he entered the 2014 NBA Draft.