Decision Looms for Poole

When KSR last spoke with Stacey Poole, it was almost a year ago to this day (September 18th, 2008). At that time, Billy Gillispie was the Wildcat coach and Poole listed Kentucky along with several other schools.

When KSR last spoke with Stacey Poole, it was almost a year ago to this day (September 18th, 2008). At that time, Billy Gillispie was the Wildcat coach and Poole listed Kentucky along with several other schools.

Now with John Calipari at the helm of the Wildcat program, Poole has Kentucky in his top three and will make a final decision next week. "It's Kentucky, South Carolina and Clemson right now," said Poole. "I'm taking an official visit to Kentucky that starts Friday. I'll be making my decision next week sometime," he finished.

During his junior year, Poole averaged 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists a game for Andrew Jackson High in Jacksonville Florida. Poole also saw his stock rise during the AAU season. Poole physically attacks the basket and finishes in traffic which is a requirement for the dribble drive motion offense that Calipari runs. Poole also continued to improve on his jump shooting.

"I'm still the guy that goes out and competes and give it my all," said Poole. "I just go at people. I've been working on my shot. Everything is loking good. I'm just working on being consistent, " he finished.

"I'm like a diamond in the rough. (Coaches and scouts) knew about me, but they didn't know I could play like that," he said.

John Calipari, Oliver Purnell and Darrin Horn all have taken notice and made Poole a priority this recruiting season.

Calipari was in Poole's home this weekend, visiting with he and his father Stacey Sr. (former Florida Gator). Poole talked about the visit. "It went well. Coach Cal came in with coach Orlando (Antigua). We sat down and talked. We got a feel for each other. He wants me to be a Wildcat," said Poole.

Poole said he didn't learn a lot that he didn't already know about Kentucky, but he did talk about what he knew. "That school has history. There are a lot of fans. Rupp arena is a big arena. You knw you will have fan support and you will have one of the greatest coaches in college basketball," he said. "And he facilities are off the hook," added Poole.

In the end, Poole outlined what will set his choice apart from the others. "I'm basing (my decision) on whether I enjoy the campus and how I get along with the players. I want to enjoy where I go. If you aren't enjoying yourself, you can't perform as well as you want."

Stacey Poole is a four-star prospect according to Scout.com.

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