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MILWAUKEE, Wisc. -- The Michigan basketball program added its first 2017 commitment in four-star shooting guard Jordan Poole out of Milwaukee's Rufus King High School.
Poole has visited U-M twice since being offered on September 28 and didn't waste much time committing to head coach John Beilein and the Wolverines at a press conference in his high school's gymnasium Friday evening.
For Poole, the excitement to get the recruitment process over with so early into his junior year of high school was palpable.
"I feel that this was the perfect fit and they offered me my junior year," Poole said. "Now I can focus on getting my body right for the next two years to get to the Big Ten level. I am just so excited."
Beilein, like he does with any recruit he speaks with, outlined how exactly Poole would fit into his offensive scheme once he arrived on campus. As a guard, the freedom that Beilein allows his guards to play with in terms of shooting the basketball was enticing to him.
Enticing enough to make him believe that he's an excellent addition to the system.
"I feel like I fit in great," Poole said. "I am a 6-foot-4 guard right now. I still have two years of growing to do, and Coach Beilein runs a four guard offense and lets his guys shoot. A lot of transition threes and a lot of pull ups. He lets the guards go. I feel like it is a great opportunity for me."
Poole is also very familiar with fellow U-M commit 2016 point guard Xavier Simpson. The two have played against each other in the past and will now get an opportunity to play alongside one another for the forseeable future.
"I feel I fit in great with Xavier," Poole said. "He is a great point guard. I played against him in the EYBL. He passes the ball, but can also create his own shot. He is a great asset. Being able to play with Xavier is going to be great.