"They were always on TV and they were always winning and going to a Final Four. I have known about him (Calipari) for some time, but it wasn't like I was expecting to go play for him," said the 6-5 Jacksonville player.
However, that's exactly what Poole will be doing after he decided to commit to Calipari's Cats even though his father played at Florida — and scored 1,678 points from 1989-93 — and remains one of the top all-time scorers in Florida history.
"I have the best of both worlds at Kentucky. Some people around here were saying it would be good for me to go to one of the top programs in the country and some were saying it would be too far from home. But I tell them they can always see me on TV and watching me won't be a problem for them because Kentucky is always on TV," Poole said. "That's why I say I get the best of both worlds at Kentucky. I am excited and feel comfortable with my decision. I am ready to get there now."
He says his father, who has also been his AAU coach, did not try to influence his college choice. "He was telling me Kentucky is a good program and that it was all my decision. He said for me to go where I could play and be happy. He wanted me to do what was best for me and he knew all about Kentucky's history, too," Poole said.
"With my dad playing at Florida, he always talked about Florida games and stuff like that. Dad was honest with me but he never said much about Kentucky. He was always a Florida guy because that is where he went. But now there is a change of plans. He is happy for me and can handle me playing for Kentucky just fine. There won't be any mixed loyalty when we play Florida. He'll be all UK."