Tigers tied for lead for four-star

Scout.com's No. 7 small forward prospect for 2010 Stacey Poole has Clemson tied for the lead with Kentucky, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

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"There's really no leader right now," he recently told CUTigers.com. "All of them are leading. I'm taking a couple of visits to Kentucky and Oklahoma then probably come back down and go back to Clemson and South Carolina."

Though Poole, who's ranked with four stars, has offers from Florida and Miami, he's looking to go out of state. Clemson could be the place.

If it is Tigertown, Poole believes he'll bring a presence to Littlejohn Coliseum. He describes himself as a competitor that enjoys competing every time he hits the hardwood.

"I can score— that's my thing," he said. "I can get to the rack…I feel like I can go by anybody. It's not that I'm trying to be arrogant or anything. That's just how I feel."

With one unofficial visit to Clemson under his belt, Poole said he likes what the City of Clemson and its university have to offer.

"It's not that small but it is small enough. There's a lot of support there. It's a good college town. It's like a smaller version of Florida," he said. "It's really nice and quiet. You really don't have much to do but stay in the gym. That would be good. It's not too busy."


"There's really no leader right now," Poole told CUTigers.com. "All of them are leading. I'm taking a couple of visits to Kentucky and Oklahoma then probably come back down and go back to Clemson and South Carolina."
Poole has also visited South Carolina. He made a trip to Columbia during basketball season for the game versus Clemson and has also attended a team camp. He'd planned a trip to Kentucky in a couple of weeks, but a conflict has forced him to reschedule.

"I have some good choices to choose from," Poole said.

Kentucky: That's a basketball school. With Coach (John Calipari) Cal, he's one of the top coaches in the nation. It's a historic school with a good background.

Oklahoma: I started liking them because of Blake Griffin. It may be a good fit. I'm going to check it out even though I don't know much about it. I'm going to go up there and get a feel for it.

Clemson/South Carolina: They're football schools, but basketball is getting big. South Carolina had a 20 win season. Clemson is on the rise. They did really good in the ACC tournament.

"If I keep working, the sky is the limit. There's no telling where I could be two years from now," Poole said.

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