< Poole announced his decision on ESPNU and Paul Biancardi, ESPNU's national director of recruiting, said it was obvious Poole wanted to play for the Wildcats. Biancardi thinks Kentucky is getting a player that will enjoy a productive career.
"He is extremely athletic. His dad was a great athlete at Florida, so he has great genes," Biancardi said. "He is one of the best players in his class at utilizing the dribble-drive. He has a quick first step that gets him by defenders. He can finish in the lane with great body control. He can hit a floater in the lane or make a pull-up shot. He can really play multiple positions and he can defend the one, two or three."
"Defensively, I think I can stop anybody. It is the total package. I can handle the ball. I bring energy, talk, communicate on the floor. There are a number of things I can bring to the program to help the team win, including defense. I want to get to the (NCAA) tournament and win a national title. That's why I am coming to Kentucky," Poole said. "The dribble drive suits me. I can go to the hole. I do not think nobody can stop me off the dribble. I create very well."
Biancardi says more than anything, Poole is a scorer made for Calipari's dribble-drive offense.
"He can drive to the rim, finish in transition, and he's really good at getting points off the offensive glass. He'll get a lot of second-chance points because he has a tremendous knack for knowing where the ball is," Biancardi said. "He is a tremendous competitor. He plays with a real tenacity on the court. If you play for John Calipari, you have got to play defense. That's a rule, not an exception. Calipari's dribble-drive offense is good, but he is a real stickler for defense."