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Solomon Poole Getting Some Pub


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Stacey Poole’s younger brother is an up and coming star, and we’ve tried to keep tabs on Solomon every since Stacey became a Cat.  Today, ‘friend of the site’ Jeff Borzello posted an article on CBSsports.com about Solomon Poole and his ongoing development and recruitment.

Solomon plays at Providence High School in Florida (but shout-out to the Clarksville, IN version, too), where his brother Stacey and UF’s Patric Young also played.  They were a stacked team, and now Solomon leads their squad with his strength and speed as a highly ranked 6-1 combo guard in the class of 2013.  Borzello caught up with Solomon after he nailed a game winning shot in a recent AAU game.  During the game, Poole didn’t quite live up to some viewer’s expectations, he notes.  By the end, however, his late heroics left a different impression on the crowd.  Scout lists Solomon, as of now, as a 4-star, but ranked in the top 25 in 2013.

More interestingly, Borzello does not mention Kentucky as one of the schools in the mix for Solomon Poole.  Since his brother is on the team and Solomon is one of the top PG prospects in 2013, one would expect UK to have been in contact  (and I’d venture to say they have and will be much moreso).  Surely Calipari will be involved here, don’t doubt that for a second.  Right now, the list in this CBS blog post includes:

A long list of schools are courting the talented sophomore. Poole and his AAU coach, Antwain Tennell, rattled off offers from local schools Central Florida and South Florida, as well as Georgia Tech and South Carolina. Providence, North Carolina, Arizona, Memphis, Florida and Oklahoma State are all showing interest.

A direct quote from Solomon Poole is what I found to be the most interesting part of the article… and it makes it seem that Coach Cal would be the perfect coach for him (it also may be a testament to the method of coaching Cal is using with Stacey):

“First, academics. You can’t get anywhere without that,” Poole said. “And a coach that makes you better. I want him to tell me what I’m doing wrong.”

Coach Cal will make him better, and he doesn’t seem afraid to tell his stars what they are doing wrong (even if he still allows them to do it for confidence sake a la TJ’s 3pt’ers).  Regardless, for all those people out there who question Stacey Poole’s happiness due to lack of playing time – stop.  The kid needs work on the offensive end but he will come along.  He is a great athlete and once he gets that part of his game together, he will be a factor.

Even though Stacey may be happy here, I still think Florida will be a major factor in Solomon’s recruitment.  That also depends on how bad UK decides they want him, too.  Either way, enjoy this footage of Solomon, again.

Article written by Chris Thomas

14 responses to “Solomon Poole Getting Some Pub”

  1. Wildfan

    I would think that after watching his big brother see so little playing time in his freshman year at UK, Solomon may view that as a negative. Hopefully big brother will develop into a key player off the bench next season and a potential starter much like Liggins did by his Junior year then that problem will be solved.

  2. Fastcats007

    Please tell me there are more mixtapes like this of the elder Poole (not the eldest)…STACEY… UK needs a Poole Party…
    and during the game vs. the fightin’ landon slones…I believe it was…Stacey threw one down…I was 1 of I think 2 people screaming over the top style…and then I believe CAL pulled him and provided a lecture…er learning speech…

    but hey…TEAGUE looks hype…and John Hood drinks Sprite like Kobe.

  3. Wildcatwes

    I have a friend that went to maui and he met solomon and his parents. He talked about where he wanted to go and he said at the moment florida because they recruited him the hardest. And uk wasnt recruiting him very much.

  4. You Can Call Me Cal

    Probably not first! C. Thomas, are you just making stuff up? Do you just have a feeling Cal has been in contact just cause he’s a pg and stacey’s bro? maybe he just isn’t for uk. you can’t just say sh*t like that. that’s poor reporting. “Don’t doubt that for a second” Pul-lease. How about some actual facts and not just your bs…other than that, cool! stacey poole’s brother is also good at basketball. maybe he’ll rise up to be a 5 star and MAYBE UK will recruit him. But, SURELY?, I wouldn’t EXPECT anything from a 4star pg

  5. RichardPHerringtonLake

    Appreciated the shout out to the “Clarksville IN version” Providence High School… I balled for them–

  6. Chad

    After watching that video it makes me feel like I am watching old episodes of Welcome back Kotter. Those hair cuts are freakin amazing.

  7. UK7xCHAMPS

    I used to work at that gym…Suwanee Sports Academy..it’s in GA. Definitely saw lots of great talent in that place..especially during the summers!

  8. UK may have bigger fish to fry

    It might seem arrogant, but it’s pretty obvious that Cal recruits top down, and, at least from a distance, the possibilities for 2013 seem pretty awesome. UK is getting mentioned rather strongly with guys like Julius Randle, Jabari Parker, Nerlens Noel, Chris Walker, Keith Frazier, and the Harrison twins. Almost all the superstuds of the class are looking at UK, and as good as Poole is, he doesn’t quite qualify in that category.

  9. Bill Curry

    He looks like Kobe Bryant in that mix. No seriously, look at his face he resembles Kobe.

  10. Mudcreekmark

    I think Coach Cal has this recruiting thing figured out. So, I dont think any of us need to worry about him not recruiting a 2013 top 25 point guard. There is a huge difference in the players rated 1 through 10 and number 25. Just go back and look at the rivals list from year to year. The top few players each year are usually the ones playing in the NBA and the rest are mostly people you cannot remember playing.There are a few exceptions but for the most part, the ranking hold true to form.

  11. BigWig

    He is a 5-star on Rivals and ranked 15th, and he attends Terry Parker HS and was 3rd team all-state. Check hoopmountain.com to see him along with Chris Walker, and Kasey Hill,

  12. BigBlueKyHokie

    Not the most energetic mixtape I’ve seen. Can we speed it up a notch?

  13. Tampa Amy

    I ran into him and their parents after the UK-WVU game in Tampa. He was wearing UK gear and each one was going crazy after the win (I think Bomani was with them too). They seemed to be loving all the hoopla, with people (including myself) coming up to say hi and that “we love Stacey” & “we’re so happy he’s staying!” (Stacey had just announced he was staying at UK). They could see the love from the fans- not that this would cause him to choose UK, but I think they like to see that support.

  14. flemingcountycat

    does anyone else think solomon poole looks like the kid from stone mountain ga who committed to the cats as a WR? his pic is in an earlier post from today…