Four-star 2013 PG visiting Louisville

Solomon Poole, a four-star 2013 point guard from Jacksonville, Fla., will check out Rick Pitino's Louisville program on Friday.

Solomon Poole, a four-star 2013 point guard from Jacksonville, Fla., will make an unofficial visit to Louisville on Friday.

Poole, who will be in town to participate in the John Lucas Invitational at Hoops, has strong interest in the Cardinals, according to his AAU coach, Emory Walton. Poole plays for the same AAU program that produced Kevin Ware, who hopes to enroll at Louisville next semester.

"He'll be visiting Louisville Friday," Walton said.

Ranked the No. 8 point guard prospect in his class nationally, Poole is one of Louisville's top point guard prospects in the Class of 2013. Rick Pitino is also recruiting top-flight '13 point guards Kasey Hill and Tyler Ennis, and the Cardinals appear to be in the market for an heir-apparent to starting junior point guard Peyton Siva.

"Solomon is an explosive scorer from the point guard position," Walton said. "At one point it was a transitional thing from mostly playing the two to the point. I'd say that transition is about complete."

Still transitioning into his role as lead guard, Poole, 6'0, 180, brings elite explosiveness and athleticism to the position.

"This is a big statement, but he's probably an NBA athlete right now," said Walton. "Athletically, he's just off the charts. He's spectacular with the things he can do getting off the floor and he's probably one of the stronger guards in the class. That's one of the things that helps him break defenses down and get to the basket. When he gets to the basket it's either a dunk or an and-one. Guys at the high school level aren't strong enough to knock him off his path."

On the recruiting front, Louisville is one of six schools currently in the mix for Poole, the younger brother of Kentucky forward Stacey Poole.

"Recruiting-wise, we obviously have Louisville in there," Walton said. "We've got Oklahoma State, Memphis, Georgia, Auburn and Miami. Those are the main (schools) we're looking at right now that are also showing feedback as far as recruiting Solomon."

Louisville's recruitment of Ware and Pitino's aggressive style of play has attracted Poole to the Cardinals.

"The thing with Louisville -- from our program we had Kevin Ware, who hopefully we can get straight, so there's familiarity there with the program already," Walton said. "It's a situation where Louisville gets up and down and they play an attacking style from the guard position and Solomon fits that to a T in their attacking mentality and the way Pitino lets his guards get after it. His guards have a lot of freedom and at Louisville you're going to play at the national championship-caliber level. So were the things that were initially the attraction."

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