Could he beat his father one-on-one now?
"Actually, I have never played one-on-one with him. It was always learning and skill stuff with him. But I could most definitely take him one-on-one," Poole laughed and said.
Poole made his commitment not long after taking his official visit where he got to spend time with sophomore Darius Miller and freshmen John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins. "I asked them questions and they all said this is where you want to play basketball because the fans are great and they said Cal was really a good person and I could be successful. They are all great players, so I trusted them," Poole said. "The fans were great, the players were cool and coach Cal was cool. I liked that the fans love basketball. That is one thing I really liked.
"Really I was going to wait it out. I didn't think about committing but I felt like I liked Kentucky. They recruited me hard and liked what had to offer. I knew I would have success if I would go there. I just went for it. I can't lose at Kentucky. I think it is great and there was no reason to wait any longer to make my decision."
Chip Stroud, the 27-year-old assistant coach at Providence High School in Jacksonville, Fla. where Poole will play this year, describes himself as a "basketball nut." Since he had friends who also went to the University of Kentucky, he knew the passion UK fans have for basketball and wanted to make sure Poole would not be overwhelmed by the Big Blue hysteria.