Ole Miss lands 2011 Commitment

Ole Miss landed a big piece for the class of 2011 Monday, as 6-foot-6 wing Tyler Poole (Hickory, N.C.) decided to make Oxford his college home. Read about it inside.

Facing the departures of up to five players after the 2010 season, Ole Miss has continued to hit the recruiting trail in search of talent.

The Rebels were able to land the first piece in that class Monday, as Hickory, N.C. product Tyler Poole made his pledge to ink with Ole Miss as early as November of 2010.

"It feels great," Poole said of his commitment. "I'm really excited. I loved the campus and how small it is. It's really, really nice. I like how everything is so compact on campus. The coaches are really nice. The new basketball facility they're building and the new baseball facility were selling points."

A versatile guard/forward, Poole chose the Rebels over South Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia.

"Ole Miss and South Carolina were my two top schools," he said. "Overall, I like everything Ole Miss had to offer. The coaching staff seemed excited to have me. I know I'm excited to be there."

A rising junior, the 6-foot-6 Poole averaged 15 points per game as a sophomore at Hickory High School. The versatile wing recently wrapped up AAU ball as a member of Team United of Charlotte, N.C., where he totaled close to 18 points per game.

"I kind of think I play like (former Rebel guard) David Huertas," said Poole. "I'm a three-guard that can shoot and can drive to the bucket and score."

While there's still plenty of time before he'll be eligible to enroll in 2011, Poole said he's firm in his commitment.

"I'm pretty firm. I don't think there's really anything that could change it," he said. "I hope to play a lot my freshman year. Of course, it would be nice to start too, but I know there's a lot I need to improve on."

To view Poole on the hardcourt, click here.

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