IU Coaches Get First-Hand Look Of Poole

Bloomington – Wherever he goes, Stacey Poole is seeing plenty of coaches from big-name college programs in the stands these days – Indiana included. That's what happens when you're a 6-5, 180-pound junior who's averaging better than 26 points per game...

Bloomington – Wherever he goes, Stacey Poole is seeing plenty of coaches from big-name college programs in the stands these days – Indiana included.

That's what happens when you're a 6-5, 180-pound junior who's averaging better than 26 points per game. Scout.com's 18th-ranked shooting guard in the 2010 class has helped Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson H.S. to a 10-3 start the season, splitting his time between the point guard and shooting guard positions.

Indiana is among the schools who have already offered a scholarship, doing so at the end of Poole's AAU season. Members of IU's coaching staff were recently on hand to see Poole play at the City of Palms Classic in Ft. Myers, and Poole didn't disappoint. The son of former Florida guard Stacey Poole Sr. scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting to lead Andrew Jackson to a 76-58 win over North Port H.S.

"Indiana was there for that and I think a local game also," Poole said. "Indiana is a good school with a really good history. They've been coming after me hard and telling me what I want to hear. But I'm not thinking about committing anywhere yet."

While the Hoosiers have gotten on Poole early, so have a host of others. Poole listed Indiana, Clemson, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Maryland and South Carolina among those that have already offered a scholarship. Poole said he saw coaches from IU, Miami, South Carolina, Auburn and Clemson watching him at the City of Palms, and he heard that others were coming as well.

"Some schools said they were coming, but I don't know if they were actually there or not," Poole said.

While that's already a lengthy list of possibilities, it could easily grow in the coming months. Kansas, Marquette, West Virginia and Kentucky are among the other big-name schools that have been recruiting him as well but have yet to offer.

What all of these schools are intrigued by is his not only his ability to score points in bunches, but also his length and versatility. His created enough headaches for opposing high school teams that most have opted to try to contain him with a box-and-one, but he's still managed to be among the highest scoring players in Florida this season.

He's doing that in his first season at Jackson H.S. Poole averaged 18 points per game as a sophomore at Raines H.S., but he transferred to Jackson H.S. in the off-season and has become a dominant player from day one.

"I transferred schools, and last year I was doing my thing, but I had to take what I wanted," Poole said. "I still do that, but my teammates now appreciate what I do. I'm a leader. I'm a playmaker and I make things happen."

Once his high school season comes to a close, Poole said he'll start to think about making things happen as far as making a commitment. He said he's in no hurry to make a choice, instead saying he wants to wait until after his final AAU season and make a pledge sometime in August.

When that time comes he'll be looking at what IU and everyone else has to offer in the classroom and on the court.

"The most important thing is going to be what my parents stress, and that's education," Poole said. "I'll look at what they can offer there. I am also going to be looking at what they can do as far as getting to the (NCAA) tournament, because that's also important to me."


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