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.