“It takes off a lot of pressure,” Poole said of his commitment. “Because it kind of got overwhelming with all the coaches calling 24-7, so when I was able to commit to Michigan I was able to take the pressure off (myself). I was able to get back in the gym. Start targeting key players I’ll need when I get there, whatever coach (John Beilein) wants.”
Looking back, however, the decision made sense to Poole for a lot of reasons, he says, noting one major factor was the opportunity to play in Beilein’s offense.
“When I committed and everything, if the coach is going to tell me to shoot the ball when I’m open, you don’t have to tell me twice,” Poole exclaimed. “I’m going to shoot the ball.”
Adding: “When you have a lot of guards who can create their own shot, as far as drive and kick opportunities and live by the tree, I feel like that is my perfect fit. People label me as a shooter, so if I can come into an offense where my strengths are, there is no question (behind my decision).”
Moving forward, Poole says his goal is to help recruit more talent to Michigan. He even said he’s given his opinion to Beilein on who could replace recently departed assistants LaVall Jordan and Bacari Alexander, who both took on head coaching positions last month.
“I know coach Beilein is going to make the right decision no matter who it is as a whole,” Poole said. “We’re not freaking about it.”
For more on Poole, watch the video interview provided below.