"He is just super athletic. He does things that only guys that play at Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke can do. He's very athletic in the open court. He plays hard. He's a great defender. He gets his offense by getting to the hole," Stroud said.
"He can score outside, too, if needed. That is his biggest weakness, if he has one. His 3-point shot needs work, but he's the total package in every other spot. He has spent time on his shooting and has improved. He can do just about everything and even his 3-point shooting is not what I would call a major weakness. It's just not the best part of his game."
And what kind of person is he off the court?
"He is a yes sir, no sir type of kid. Kids at providence love him. I teach at the middle school. He comes by and is really good with kids. When they found out he was going to Kentucky, they all wanted to talk to him," Stroud said. "He's very polite. I have not seen him be rude to any teachers or disrespectful to anyone, and I don't think I ever will. I have seen nothing but good things with his attitude and behavior. That's why I say he really is a great kid."
Some might wonder why Poole has changed schools for his senior season. Stroud says there's an easy explanation.
"He's been here since about July, but we played against him every summer at his previous school," Stroud said. "We're familiar with his game, and we know he's a great kid as well. Overall, this is a good situation for him and us.
"There was a coaching change at his previous school. His previous school also got rated as a ‘F' school. Our coach is very well known and guys who want to get better athletically and academically come to play for him. Patrick Young, a 6-9 kid who is going to Florida, did the same thing for his senior year to get the coaching and overall atmosphere here," Stroud said.
"There was nothing negative about the transfer here. Academics at his previous school were down and his coach left. We have kids graduate here and then college is easy academically. I am not saying he's a 4.0 (grade-point average) student, but he's working hard toward that."
David Ridley, a Kentucky native, now lives in Jacksonville, Fla., but he remains a Kentucky basketball fan. So is his son, Luke, a freshman at Providence High School and teammate of Poole.