Stacey Poole Talks Kentucky

Stacey Poole is John Calipari's first recruit of the 2010 class. His athleticism fits in well with the new Wildcat regime. Poole talks with KSR about his visit to Kentucky and his commitment.

Stacey Poole is John Calipari's first recruit of the 2010 class. His athleticism fits in well with the new Wildcat regime. Poole talks with KSR about his visit to Kentucky and his commitment.

Virtually everyone covering the Stacey Poole recruitment thought that the Wildcats were in the driver's seat. But in the end, it took a visit to Lexington to solidify that choice for Poole. "I enjoyed (the visit)," said Poole. "Everything was good. I knew what I was getting into when I got up there. It wasn't a shock to me, but I enjoyed being up there," he said.

Poole told KSR earlier this month that a big part of his decision whether or not to attend Kentucky would hinge on how he got along with the players. "We just chilled and talked. We joked around," said Poole. "We tail-gated together. That was a big deal. You know you have to play with them while you're there. That was key," said Poole.

So Poole definitely felt as if he fit in with the players off the court. Where does he see himself fitting into Calipari's team on the court? "That offense is very hard to stop. It's just a dribble drive offense. My part is that I'm aggressive off the dribble," said Poole. "I take anybody to the hole and try to score."

Kentucky wound up being the pick over the South Carolina Gamecocks. Poole said it wasn't a decision he made lightly. "(Kentucky) was jut a better opportunity," said Poole. "It was a rough decision. I love coach Horn and my recruiter," said Poole. "Kentucky is what it is. I will be better prepared for the next level. That's what made me pick UK," he said.

Poole did have something he wanted the Wildcat fans to know before he got to Kentucky. "I compete. I love to win. I love the Wildcat fans. I hope to be a great benefit to that program. I'm a winner and I'm coming to compete. That's what I do. I play ball," he said.

Wildcat fans look forward to Poole competing and playing in Lexington.


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