Poole on Louisville's July radar

Stacey Poole was a scoring-machine at June's NBA Player's Camp. That performance caught Rick Pitino's attention and Louisville plans to keep a close eye on the athletic 6-foot-5 swingman during July's evaluation period.

In the market for a high-scoring wing man? Better keep an eye out for Stacey Poole, a 6-5, 180-pound small forward from Jacksonville (FL) Andrew Jackson, in July.

Last month, Poole, the son of former Florida star by Stacey Poole, finished second in scoring at the NBA Player's Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia. Poole averaged 15.8 points at the star-laden NBA Camp, behind only Baltimore, MD guard Josh Selby (16.2).

"I'm a high energy player," Poole said. "I bring that energy to the game and make plays where my team needs it. I can score but I try to do other things -- defend my man and get rebounds. I feel like I bring a lot to the table."

Poole's performance at the NBA Camp caught the attention of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who quickly made contact with Poole and his father after the event.

"Rick Pitino talked to my dad and one of the assistant coaches contacted me," Poole said. "They said they're really going to watch me in July. He said they were really interested in me and they want me to visit campus and check things out."

Poole said he plans to visit Louisville later this summer. "I probably won't visit in July because I'll be busy but I'll probably visit sometime before the end of August," said Poole, who is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 17 small forward in the nation.

Poole, who averaged 26 points and 10 rebounds as a junior, said he'd be highly interested in Louisville if the Cardinals make an offer later this month. "I'd be very interested," Poole said. "Louisville is a basketball school and I was excited they called. I'd have to go up there and check things out and get a feel for everything."

Poole is receiving lots of attention these days, especially after a strong performance against the nation's top prospects at the NBA Camp. Clemson, South Carolina, Miami, Indiana and Florida State have already made offers. Louisville, Kentucky and Florida are some of the programs that will keep a close watch on Poole this month during the evaluation period.

"I'm open," Poole said. "I'm looking for an up-tempo (team) where they get out and play. I want to play for a great coaching staff somewhere that I'm wanted – and where I can fit in and it's like a family."

Heading into July, Poole puts five schools at the top of his list. "Right now it's Clemson, Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana and South Carolina," Poole said. "Everybody thought I was going to go to Florida because my dad went there but that wasn't the case. Florida's in the mix but I'm looking at everything. I'm getting a feel for everybody before I make my decision."

Poole will attend the Reebok Camp in Philadelphia next week. He will also hit the Peach State in Georgia, the Breakdown Hoops Festival in Miami and one of the major AAU tournaments in Orlando in July.

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