Hoosiers' Interest Obvious to Poole

Bloomington – Stacey Poole said he couldn't help but recognize the level of interest Indiana was showing in him this summer. The Class of 2010 shooting guard talks about IU's interest and what he's heard from others...

Bloomington – Stacey Poole couldn't help but recognize the level of interest Indiana was showing in him this summer.

The 6-5, 180-pound shooting guard from Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson H.S. toured the country playing with his Team Florida AAU squad, and Indiana's presence at those games was unmistakable.

"They have been to every last one of my AAU games," Poole said about IU. "I'm still wide open, but I am really interested in them."

The interest is mutual. Poole said IU offered him a scholarship at the conclusion of the summer AAU season, joining Florida State, Clemson and Miami (Fla.) in coming through with the early offer. Kansas, South Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas State are among the other big names that have expressed interest.

Indiana's pursuit has been led by Assistant Coach Bennie Seltzer, who has already made an impression on Poole.

"One time he sat down and watched my game, and it was like he knew me right off the bat, he knew my game," Poole said. "He's a good guy."

What Seltzer has seen is a wing player who can score in a multitude of ways. He averaged 18 points per game as a sophomore and believes that his well rounded offensive style will make him one of the most coveted wings in the 2010 class.

"My biggest strengths offensively is that I'm smooth with it, I don't rush it," Poole said. "But when it's that time to take over I can do it. I can shoot the 3, I have the mid-range game, and if I have a small guard on me I can post him up. I think I have an all-around game."

Poole is currently ranked No. 62 nationally in the 2010 class by Scout, and he's hoping that another big jump in the rankings will be on the horizon.

"I feel I still have something to prove," Poole said. "I'm trying to be that top 10 or top 15 player. I feel there's some talented players out there, but I feel I'm one of the best. I have to go out and prove that."

As he continues to do that, he figures to continue to draw increased interest from IU as well as many other programs nationally. Poole said he's planning on waiting until after next summer to commit anywhere, but he does have a good feel for what he'll be looking for in potential college destinations.

"First, I want to know if it's a good academic school - I have to get my academics," Poole said. "Second, I have to have a good relationship with the coaches and players. That's a key. You don't want to go somewhere you're not happy, where you're not wanted."

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