The news became official as Jordan Poole made the choice known to the public during a press conference at his school. The four-star class of 2017 shooting guard chose Michigan over Marquette and Illinois giving the Wolverines their first commitment in the class.
With Poole in the fold, the question immediately becomes what type of player is he, and what will he bring to Michigan.
The first thing that Poole does is he shoots the basketball. It goes without saying that John Beilein loves his teams to be full of shooters who can stretch the defense. Poole absolutely can do that.
Poole really exploded at the Nike Elite 100 in June where he was absolutely on fire from three. What is nice about Poole is he is more than just a stand still shooter. He has the savvy to use his dribble to create space for himself, and also can make shots off the dribble.
Beyond that, at about 6-foot-3, he is capable of playing some point guard. Now this isn’t a kid who you would want running the team for long stretches, but he can handle pressure and would do enough to get the team in the right spots, even if he isn’t a creator by nature.
Defensively he is never going to be a lockdown kid, but his size allows him to guard point guards and shooting guards, and he is more than smart enough to understand an opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, which means he will be in the right place at the right time while paying attention to the scouting report.
As Poole gets into a college weight program it is reasonable to expect that his athleticism will improve, and that will definitely help his game, as there is growth in that area.
Still in the game of basketball there is no substitute for being able to shoot the basketball, and very few shoot it better than Poole. He will bring an instant threat on the offensive end, and when you combine that with his understanding of the game and you have the makings of a very dangerous player once he gets settled in to college basketball.