It was reported that 2013 point guard Solomon Poole was down to five schools by his AAU coach. The 6-foot-1, four-star prospect saw the situation a little bit differently.
"I have no idea about that," Poole said. "To be honest, I really don't know where that's coming from."
Poole has visited four of the schools listed — UCLA, Louisville, Oklahoma State and Georgia — but the next school he plans to visit isn't the fifth school (Memphis) in his reported Top 5.
"The only one lined up is South Carolina," he said of his visits. "I'm supposed to be going to visit sometime in December."
South Carolina started a relationship with Poole when they were recruiting his older brother, Stacey Poole.
"I'm definitely interested in South Carolina," The Jacksonville, Fla. native said. "Since Day 1, that's the first school to recruit me."
Poole and his father want it to be made clear that he is "wide open."
One element that leaves this situation wide open is the fact that his older brother Stacey Poole has decided to transfer from Kentucky, and Solomon would love the opportunity to play with his brother again.
"It's exciting, and I just want to see where it goes," he said of the thought of playing with his elder brother. "We're really close. He tells me everything, and I tell him everything."
Poole says he has no idea of when a decision will be made for his self, and as far as his brother goes, he's still waiting on the paperwork from Kentucky to assess his situation to figure out his next move.
As far as South Carolina is concerned, they have definitely made an impact on the Poole family — especially assistant coach Mike Boynton.
"Ah man, coach Mike is kind of like family," Solomon Poole said. "I mean, he was cool with Stacey, and my family really liked him. So, I really can't complain. They like the program and like (South Carolina coach Darrin) Horn's style of play."
The youngest Poole felt that South Carolina suited his older brother well too, as well as himself.
"I think it fits well because I used to watch Devan Downey play in the system, and it fit him well," he said. "I just see myself as a point guard, and I liked the way he ran the point and made the decisions out there."
One other factor that has Poole looking at South Carolina is that he played AAU ball with 2012 commits Ian Baker (guard) and Carlos Morris (wing) last summer.
When asked if it played a part, he simply replied "Definitely, because I played well with Ian. So that's a definite look."
Poole is rated as Scout's No. 8 point guard prospect and No. 28 overall.
Poole 'wide open,' has visit set up
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