"He just said just go up there and stay focused. Know what you are going there for — basketball and school. Get your school work and go hard every day in the gym. Put in time, put in work outside of practice. That is the advice he gave me. Fear no one and just keep God first and do what you do," said Poole.
He knows there will be difficult days ahead, and he thinks his father would want him to call to seek advice then. "He probably would want me to call him just to hear my voice, but he would tell me if I need to just figure it out or handle it on my own. He would not give me a lot of sympathy after a tough day," Poole laughed and said.
Poole says he's getting busier with classes and practice, but he's glad basketball season is here since he enjoys being around his teammates so much.
"It is just love, chemistry and coming together as a group. It all starts from AAU basketball. We all knew each other from the AAU circuit and from seeing everybody. We get along and have a feel for each other's games and what you can do and can't do," Poole said. "Then coach Cal just does stuff with us and has activities for us to do to make us stronger. The chemistry has been great so far."
Poole thinks his personality adds to UK's team chemistry, too.
"I have good charisma. I am outgoing, silly. I like to laugh. But when there is a time to be serious, I get serious. Just do things other players like to do and vice versa. Just get along is what it takes," Poole said.