Poole enjoys Louisville visit experience

Four-star 2013 point guard Solomon Poole enjoyed his unofficial visit to Louisville on Friday and recounted the experience Saturday at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational with InsideTheVille.com.

Four-star 2013 point guard Solomon Poole made a visit to Louisville Friday and toured the KFC Yum! Center with assistant Richard Pitino.

"The experience was nice," Poole said. "We saw the facilities -- the football stadium and Yum Center and met with Coach Pitino's son, Richard Pitino. It looks just like an NBA arena, if not better. It can seat over 20,000, has bars the fans can go in. It was a great experience."

Louisville appears in the market for a top-flight point guard in the 2013 class. Poole, 6'0, 180, seems to be one of the Cardinals top targets, along with five-star point guards Kasey Hill and Tyler Ennis.

"Louisville is definitely interested," Poole said. "(Richard) Pitino said they want a guard to come in and listen, be vocal and be a leader. They need a shooting point guard who can score, but also someone who can set up his teammates."

Louisville successfully recruited one of Poole's AAU teammates – Kevin Ware – this year and Richard Pitino is developing a good relationship with Jacksonville native.

"Our relationship is cool, he calls me every once in a while, but mostly he goes through my dad or (AAU coach) Emory (Walton)," Poole said. "I have an interest in Louisville, but I'm waiting to my senior year to commit."

Poole's brother, Stacey, plays for Kentucky. What does Poole like about Louisville?

"Just the tradition, it's Kentucky basketball. There are no bigger basketball programs than Kentucky or Louisville," Poole said. "Louisville is a rival of Kentucky and hopefully I'll get to play my brother. We've always been rivals so the rivalry would be nice for our household."

Poole, who is making the transition to the point, has visited Georgia and plans to visit South Carolina and Memphis, where he will attend midnight madness next weekend.

"I feel I'm getting better, but I still need to work," Poole said. "Shooting guard was more of catch and shoot, point guard is more of dribble pick and rolls and setting people up, which I've got to get better. Athleticism runs in the family, but I have to get those skills down. That's all I worry about is my skill-set."


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