Kentucky transfer Poole picks Tech

Georgia Tech’s newest addition sat about 10 feet from the Philips Arena floor Saturday. Former Kentucky guard Stacey Poole will transfer to Tech and said he plans to enroll in classes when the spring semester begins Monday. He attended the Tech-Duke game with family.

A 6-foot-4 guard from Jacksonville, Fla., Poole played 45 minutes at Kentucky as a freshman last season and decided to transfer in November before the Wildcats had played in any games. He was ranked the No. 33 overall prospect in the 2010 signing class by rivals.com.

Tech benefited from relationships developed by coach Brian Gregory and assistant coach Josh Postorino when they recruited him to Dayton and Clemson, respectively, before coming to Tech.

“Just coming in and having an opportunity to play and (for) somebody that’s really familiar with you and noticed you coming out of high school, I just felt like this is the place to be,” said Poole, who also considered Iowa, Wake Forest, Seton Hall and Florida International, among others.

If his enrollment goes as planned, Poole will have three years of eligibility starting in Jan. 2013. Notably, Poole has a younger brother Solomon, a point guard who is rivals.com’s No. 9 player in the junior class.

In regards to the sway he might have over Solomon, Poole said, “I am his older brother. But we’ll see.”

41 comments Add your comment

chad

January 7th, 2012
6:26 pm

5150 UOAD

January 7th, 2012
6:27 pm

5150 UOAD

January 7th, 2012
6:29 pm

They covered it lil more about his brother on the recruiting blog. Thanks for the info KEN. Surprised no blog on the GT v Duke game.

GT Trumpet

January 7th, 2012
6:51 pm

I’m very excited about the recruits Gregory is snagging for this team. Next years team will be awesome to watch. Maybe we could sneak into a 15 seed this year?

HighTech

January 7th, 2012
7:00 pm

Good news! Welcome to Tech! Let’s turn McCamish Pavillion into Thrillerdome II!

wardo

January 7th, 2012
7:16 pm

Coach Gregory is rolling! I love what he is doing. Such a change over what we have suffered through the last several years. Go Jackets!

GT in CT

January 7th, 2012
7:21 pm

Ken, I don’t see any PG coming in next year, unless I’m missing something. Does that mean that BG thinks that he can work with Mfon? He clearly has some talent but doesn’t seem to be the floor general that you’d want, at least not yet.

Jacket Man

January 7th, 2012
7:25 pm

While Solomon would also be a huge pick up for GA Tech, Stacey is a very good player on his own right, and the Jackets are excited to have him joining the team; he’ll be a huge asset to the program. Make no mistake, Stacey is the guy the Jackets need right now.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 7th, 2012
7:52 pm

Ken, why was there no live blog during the game today? I missed being able to talk about the game with other Tech fans.

bruce mac

January 7th, 2012
7:58 pm

Why did the kid leave KY?

Supersize that order, mutt

January 7th, 2012
8:01 pm

probably not enough playing time

WnE

January 7th, 2012
8:44 pm

WnE

January 7th, 2012
8:50 pm

How can he transfer to Almighty GT?

I thought that SAs from “Factory Schools” take watered down Academics that wouldn’t count or Transfer to an Elite Academic School like GT.

WnE

January 7th, 2012
9:01 pm

Does anyone believe that he’s transferring for Engineering Curriculum?

One by one the Academic myths about GT are falling apart, pretty soon there will be no more canned excuses for the holier than thou smug GT Fan-base (not me of course) to fall back on!

Face it GT Fans, we are a lot closer to what everyone is like Academically than what many of you would like to believe!

WnE=Dwag

January 7th, 2012
9:22 pm

Wrexie, just what is your point? Give your tired old BS a rest. You take anything you can and turn it into a rant about Tech and your thing about the “holier than thou smug fanbase”. Don’t pretend to be a Tech supporter. You’re just a stinking troll with an agenda and too much time on your hands.

Greg

January 7th, 2012
10:15 pm

Ga Tech Old Timer

January 7th, 2012
10:16 pm

Who really cares why the kid left Kentucky or why he chose Tech – the point is he’s coming here – will be a significant asset to the basketball program and potentially influence other top tier players to chose Tech. The program is definitely looking up again after many down years – and it’s a direct result of Coach Gregory coming to town. Coach Johnson needs to take some pointers of what Coach Gregory is doing to entice the elite players to Tech – involve the student body and motivate the players toward excellence. This will not happen over night but things are definitely moving in the right direction for the basketball team and could be for the football team as well.

Greg

January 7th, 2012
10:17 pm

Ignition

January 7th, 2012
10:53 pm

BTW George Mason is 12 – 4
CPH 2000-2001 record 17-14 NCAA Berth
No NBA players on the roster
Post season berth is my measuring stick and so fat CG is falling way short…

Paul in NH

January 7th, 2012
11:33 pm

CPH made the NCAA in his first year with no NBA players – whatever happened to that guy? In the 4 seasons beginning with 2007-08 he went 1-1 in post season and had an NBA player on every team.

Full Metal Jacket

January 8th, 2012
12:01 am

Welcome to Tech, Mr. Poole, and while we don’t celebrate moral victories, the Jackets played with a lot of heart today in taking it to the Dukies. If they can keep their hearts and heads in the right place this team could still pull off some upsets in the conference. Next year is looking good and Coach Gregory is proving daily that he was a good hire. He and his family are quality people and they represent the Tech family with spirit and class.

Uga fan here

January 8th, 2012
12:46 am

You don’t hear the puppies in here bashing GT, that’s because they can’t. They don’t have a basketball team and Athens is very quiet after football season….. But according to them, basketball don’t count. Wonder why???? Lmao

Stinger 2

January 8th, 2012
4:18 am

As usual WnE shows up just to be recognized. Someone has done so WnE. You have scored again. Good job little guy.

AMG

January 8th, 2012
7:10 am

Coach Brian Gregory is doing a heck of a great job in his first year here at Tech. Tech may not win many games this year, but you can tell he has this program headed in the right direction in many ways. The fan base should be excited we finally have a coach that will bring Tech back to being a basketball school and a program that is run the right way. I praise him for his work this year and thank him for coming here.

Reality

January 8th, 2012
7:36 am

This team plays hard for BG. I can see GT again becoming a top 10 program in the next 3 years. Go Jackets!!

Chuck Allison

January 8th, 2012
8:47 am

WnE, Have you looked at KY’s football program lately? They don’t really quakify as a football factory school, and football is what facotry schools are all about.

Go Jackets!

January 8th, 2012
9:14 am

WnE, you “smug”? Never! LOL

GIVE ME A BREAK

January 8th, 2012
9:24 am

CBG reached out to Bobby Cremins and former players. You have to like his style. I think that he is going to work out quite well. ” GO JACKETS “

GT GRAD

January 8th, 2012
10:27 am

GT basketball will be fun to watch for many years with Coach Gregory at the helm!

yellow britches

January 8th, 2012
11:03 am

Georgia Tech, the fans and the administration, gave Paul Hewitt every opportunity to succeed. He was supported. The kids he recruited were supported. I don’t know why the relationships soured or why Hewitt kept laying eggs his last five years at Tech, but he did. The fans abandoned him long before the administration did. I’m happy Paul is doing well at George Mason. Good for him and that program. Brian Gregory may turn out to be a real surprise. That fact that he is trying to enlist the support and help of former players is good news. It will take a few years to turn it around but he seems committed. Good for him.

crackbaby

January 8th, 2012
11:17 am

So Stacey Poole, the transfer, is a guard but not a point guard? A 2 guard, True?

The article mentions that his younger brother is a point guard in HS. GT desperately needs stellar point guard performance (just the mention of Solomon as a point is damning evidence). Jarrett Jack was the last great PG to play at Tech and the last time the Jackets did any damage in college hoops.

@Gt Trumpet – Tech has no chance, zilch, to make the dance this year. They would have to go better than .500 in the ACC to get there. Can’t see them winning enough conference road games and there is no home court advantage at Philips Arena.

Maybe the NIT if the team improves enough during the year. Gregory is a good coach but not a miracle worker.

AJC is biased

January 8th, 2012
12:06 pm

Nice my posts don’t show up regarding how biased this paper is. ga tech loses to alabama and the headline is tech routed by alabama. uga gets “routed” by them and there’s no headline about it. AJC= JOKE
I’m sure this post won’t show up either.

Jackets 2012

January 8th, 2012
12:42 pm

As a season ticket holder in 2009-10 and 2010-11, I’m glad the guys showed what they can do.
I was starting to wonder what was wrong with the Mercer, Fordham and Bama losses.
We need to get Jason Morris going earlier in the games. Udofia had his best game. Shame the missed free throws took the heat off the Blue Devils.

Jacket Dad

January 8th, 2012
1:52 pm

Great news. Everyone knew this would be a tough year of transition, but so far I really like Coach Gregory.

UGA = Yawn

January 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

I like Brian Gregory and his excitement for everything that is GT. I wish I felt the same from Paul Johnson – who seems to be a drag. Gregory is moving in the right direction and opening our new arena next year should come with a very good team and much excitement. I just wish we made those free throws (there aren’t called free for nuthin!) near the end. had we tied, our probability to win would have increased significantly.

Eddie Lee

January 8th, 2012
4:27 pm

CPJ is not going to take any “pointers” from anybody. He’s going to do things his way and his way only come hell or poor seasons to infinity.

Midtown

January 8th, 2012
7:12 pm

9,200 fans for Duke in a 20,000 arena.
SAD!!!!

Poole Davis

January 8th, 2012
8:33 pm

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Paul Hewitt

January 8th, 2012
9:09 pm

If I was still coaching at Tech, we would have won Sat. night. Tech loss because the team did not have the benefit of my superior coaching skills.

Thanks wne

January 8th, 2012
9:36 pm

Anytime I don’t feel smug and superior I log on and read your pathetic bs and BAM I’m smug and scope rigor once again. Thank you.

Genius Jacket

January 9th, 2012
2:33 pm

Poole is an excellent math student. That’s why he chose Tech.