Poole Goes Off At NBA Camp

Against the best players in the country at NBA Camp, Stacey Poole stepped up and put together his best effort of his high school career.

Justin Coleman took home the surprise player award at the NBA Camp in Charlottesville (Va.), but just as surprising was the play of Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson standout Stacey Poole.

The 6-foot-5 wing has always had the tools and high level athleticism, but usually just showed flashes of his potential. At Camp this past weekend, Poole put it all together, and was 2nd in camp in scoring.

"I really see improvements in my game," Poole said. "I'm still working on my skills and I'm still working on some other things."

Poole, a four-star prospect, credits his father, Stacey Poole Sr., who played at Florida and in the NBA, for a lot of his recent success on the basketball court.

"Not many kids have a dad like that," the younger Poole said. "I really take advantage of that. I love him for that. He gets in there and works with me and pushes me and tries to get the potential out of me."

Whatever the elder Poole is doing is working. Poole's game is much more advanced since last year. Always known for his athleticism, he's improved his jumper and all around ball skills.

Already he has strong college interest, but if he plays like he did at NBA Camp, expect more schools to get in the mix. Currently California, Oklahoma, Xavier, Indiana, Clemson, South Carolina, Miami, Florida and Florida State are interested.

"I'm looking at Indiana, Oklahoma, Clemson and South Carolina the hardest," Poole said.

"I'm starting to get a feel, but not a real good feel," he added about the recruiting process. "I'm going to wait until August and make my decision after AAU season. Then I'll go ahead and sign in the early period."

Poole will play with the Jacksonville Lee Bulls during July.


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