"The coaches (at Ole Miss) are just really, really good to me," he said. "I'm really close with Coach White. He's done a really great job of recruiting me. I feel like I can talk to him about anything."
But as the calendar turned to 2010, Poole's recruitment began to pick up even more.
Along with Ole Miss and South Carolina, his top schools before committing, Clemson and Georgia began to send letters and make phone calls.
Yet, despite the extra attention, Poole has remained "pretty firm" with Ole Miss. He's a two-sport star at Hickory High School, and Ole Miss, unlike other schools involved in his recruitment, has offered the opportunity to play both basketball and baseball if he were to ink in November.
"They're allowing me to play two sports for one," he said. "They've been the most lenient school when it comes to playing two sports. South Carolina, the basketball coaches, weren't really for me playing baseball, as well. They kind of wanted me to stick with basketball and not play baseball."
Ole Miss' flexibility is what has made Oxford such an appealing destination for Poole. He has a fastball that can touch 93 miles per hour, along with a split-finger and curveball "that's pretty nasty," as he tells it.
Still, his ears remain open to all possibilities, even with recruitment in a dead period.
"I'm not going to ignore (other schools)," Poole said. "My mind is kind of open, but it's going to be hard for another school to change my mind, to be honest."
When he made his commitment in July of 2009, Poole compared his game to that of former Ole Miss guard David Huertas – a three-guard that can shoot, as well as drive to the rim and score.
This summer, however, he's working on improving his versatility. He handled the ball at two-guard some for the Carolina Elite back in May, and is sure to do the same with his AAU squad, Team United, out of Charlotte.
"They're the team I played for last year, and played really well for," Poole said. "That's the team I got offered by Ole Miss from. They're a pretty good fit for me. I'm looking forward to playing with them."
Poole averaged close to 18 points per game for Team United last summer, and followed his junior season at Hickory with 17 points, 7.8 rebounds, three assists and an 85 percent success rate from the free throw line.
The Tornado finished the season ranked No. 3 overall in the state, and compiled a 23-4 overall record. Poole, meanwhile, earned First Team All-District honors for the surrounding Charlotte area.
"They have me posting up a lot in high school, because I'm bigger than pretty much everyone that guards me," he said. "I've got some pretty good post moves. At two-guard, I can bring the ball up the court, and I am pretty fast when it comes to getting around defenders.
"I'm pretty versatile when it comes to what position you want me to play. (This season) I'd like to improve on my two-guard skills."
He wants to improve all-around as a senior, but is primarily focused on his ball-handling. He also wants to be better at taking control of the ball, and is "really looking to score more points" in his final season.
It's all in an effort to ready himself for the Southeastern Conference, where he expects to play early. Whether he makes his Ole Miss debut on the court or the baseball diamond is a topic for another day.
"I love that school," he said of Ole Miss. "I can't really see myself playing basketball anywhere else."