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Kentucky's Poythress, Cauley-Stein look forward to improving, becoming sophomore leaders

Kentucky's freshmen fell short of expectations in a disappointing season, and those returning are looking forward to using their experience to help the next crop of highly touted Wildcats avoid suffering the same fate.

Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress said Monday they're looking forward to fulfilling their potential, and helping others do the same.

Despite promising rookie moments, neither came close to leading Kentucky to another NCAA title. So after some soul-searching that included meetings with coach John Calipari, Cauley-Stein and Poythress delayed their pro plans and returned to school, providing experience and depth for a Wildcats team that lacked both during a 21-12 season that ended with a first-round NIT loss at Robert Morris.

Both want to provide leadership to an incoming class considered the best in Kentucky history.