Poole enrolls early at Tech

After graduating from high school early, Georgia Tech basketball signee Solomon Poole has enrolled at the school and will be eligible to play as soon as he is cleared by the NCAA.

Poole, a point guard from Jacksonville and the younger brother of team member Stacey Poole Jr., will begin practicing Saturday.

“They’ve got their team chemistry,” Poole said. “I’m just trying to come in and help them win some games.”

Poole has plenty of work to do to learn coach Brian Gregory’s system and adapt to the college game, but his ball handling and athletic ability could give the Yellow Jackets a boost. Poole would likely compete with Pierre Jordan for minutes behind starting point guard Mfon Udofia. Two recruiting services rate him the No. 37 prospect in the senior class.

“I know Solomon is ready to help this team in any way he can, and in any role possible,” Gregory said in a statement. “While this is great for our program currently, it will also accelerate Solomon’s progress into the future.”

Team officials do not expect problems with his eligibility clearance with the NCAA. Meanwhile, his brother Stacey, who transferred to Tech from Kentucky in January 2012, is also preparing to suit up for the Yellow Jackets. After sitting out for a year, he will be eligible to play in next Monday’s game against Alabama State. They will become the first brothers to be on the same Tech team since Jon and Drew Barry in the 1991-92 season.

Said Solomon, “I’ve always looked forward to playing with my brother in college.”

While football players enrolling early have become relatively common, it is unusual in basketball. Last season, Tennessee fielded an early enrollee in forward Jarnell Stokes, who played in 17 of the Volunteers’ final 18 games after being cleared and was named to the coaches’ All-SEC freshman team.

“I know it’s going to be a big transition for me from high school to college,” Poole said. “I’ve just got to be ready for it.”

Does he feel ready?

Said Poole, “I’m always ready.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

57 comments Add your comment

5150 UOAD

December 11th, 2012
8:17 pm

Wow that is different. So I guess he didn’t play his senior year in High school but a few games.

Buzzzed

December 11th, 2012
8:23 pm

This is interesting. He is basically a senior in HS but will be getting PT in the ACC. Hope he can hang with the big boys this year.

Deadpool

December 11th, 2012
8:23 pm

Yeah it really is different. They’re willing to sacrifice a year of his eligibility in only getting to play the last half of the season?

Poolizcool

December 11th, 2012
8:28 pm

5150 UOAD

December 11th, 2012
8:31 pm

Deadpool…….more than Half of the season. They have played 8 games out of 30 so if he gets cleared over the Christmas Holiday Break he will play like 2/3rds of the season.

GTJoe

December 11th, 2012
8:31 pm

Look at it this way…..if he were to be a “one and done”, then he would really be a “one and a half and done”….

Why not??

It also increases the chances of recruiting another high quality PG sooner…..since he is definitely leaving a year earlier.

Plus, next year sets up as a year for us to potentially be a Top 20 team……good for him to get experience now.

Jet

December 11th, 2012
8:44 pm

UNC had a baseball player do this last year. Graduated HS in December began and playing college at the start of the season in Feb.

Goose Godsey

December 11th, 2012
8:57 pm

Great Move. As they say, those who hesitate, !@#$turbate

BigTimeTECHFan

December 11th, 2012
9:07 pm

Poole’s got a lot of talent, will challange Georges-Hunt for best player on the team right now.
Tech will be real stong team by ACC Tourney time, Here we go baby.
Here is about 3 months ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spp-7v68glU

ToeMeetsLeather

December 11th, 2012
9:14 pm

This will make a huge difference for NEXT year’s team. CBG’s 12-13 squad will be loaded and now his PG will have ACC experience coming out of the gate next fall. This will speed the rebuilding of the program up a notch or two. Hope the team chemistry comes together in a hurry. If so, look out.

Buzzzed

December 11th, 2012
9:46 pm

He has some good ups for 6′ player. Rarely do you see a six footer throwing down alley-oops. Hope is a team player.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

December 11th, 2012
9:51 pm

The Poole brothers are just two more reasons to be optimistic about the future of the b’ball program. I hope they are at least as successful as the Barry brothers! Based on what I’ve seen so far this season, I wouldn’t be surprised if this year’s squad finishes in the top 4-5 in the conference THIS year. Next year should be even better.

collegeballfan

December 11th, 2012
9:52 pm

This will be a big move about March, if he stays healthy. Two months to adjust to the ACC game.
Maybe not much help at point but as a scorer he could be critical.

THWG

December 11th, 2012
10:07 pm

Everyone keeps saying that we’ve already played a third of the season but the bottom line is we haven’t played anyone besides Illinois and Cal to this point. Don’t say that Solomon Poole is only playing part of the season because the ACC part of the season is the only part that really matters.

1 4 GT

December 11th, 2012
10:35 pm

Thanks for that video link on Poole. He sho’ looked good!

DDPO

December 11th, 2012
10:52 pm

Ken -

I believe the Babul’s were the last brothers to play on the same team, right?

fuzzybee78

December 11th, 2012
10:55 pm

Solomon’s game reminds me some of Will Bynum. Check out the video link above. This could be fun fast!

buzzzzzz

December 12th, 2012
1:00 am

Look forward to seeing if the Poole bros. can help the Yellow Jackets. Didn’t look like much D was being played in the highlight video though….

GtKurt80

December 12th, 2012
1:04 am

Wow, this is a surprise!! Over the next few games, this team has the chance to gel and scare the you know what out of all the teams in the ACC. Really like what CBG is doing with the program. If he gets success on the court, this could really build into something great.
Georges-Hunt and Carter are going to be really big stars, really soon. With Mfon playing good with Poole backing up and maybe taking over, this team can go FAR!!!
My new seats are great and I’m going to be sitting in them, well maybe standing and cheering!!!
Welcome back “Thriller Dome.”

ylojkt

December 12th, 2012
1:48 am

Exciting! Looking forward to seeing the brothers on the court together.

Stinger 1

December 12th, 2012
3:52 am

This is an unexpected addition and makes GT a team that could be a surprise when ACC play starts. Go Jackets!

Tech1986

December 12th, 2012
4:32 am

Only Jon Babul played for Tech, his brother Mike played at UMASS

wreckbone

December 12th, 2012
6:51 am

Whoever thought this will burn a half year eligibility, he wasn’t going to be here four years. Our best blue chip since Favors and he gets to start early! Wow this Tech hoops deal keeps getting better and better. With a coach who shot mid 80s on free throws we should get better at that

OldGold1964

December 12th, 2012
8:00 am

Steady, steady, stedy. Learn the game, learn the system. We may see early glimpses of what is to be expected for the next few years; but at the moment, don’t expect the brothers to show up and immediately elevate this team to championship caliber. Team is garnering support and stability (and back-up insurance players).

[...] Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Tech is about to add two Pooles to its lineup. Stacey Poole, a transfer from Kentucky, is eligible to start playing Monday. His younger brother, Solomon, graduated high school early and will be joining the Yellow Jackets as soon as the NCAA sorts out his eligibility, which isn’t expected to be an issue. Solomon should help spell Mfon Udofia at the point guard position (he’ll probably start as the third guy in line, but I expect him to see significant minutes by conference play). Solomon Poole will be one of the more athletically gifted guys on the team right away, but how long will it take him to get used to the college game? [...]

PG

December 12th, 2012
8:04 am

Cannot wait until the Poole brothers start playing and we can sit Pierre Jordan on the bench where he belongs. We need a competent backup point guard in the worst way.

Veteran Fan

December 12th, 2012
8:15 am

This solves our only weakness, depth and strength at point guard. When Mfon has been hurt or in foul trouble Pierre Jordan has played well, but he is not a consistent shooter or penetrator and defenses play off him. Offense slows and bogs down and defense is not as physical. With Julian Royal beginning to come on, barring an injury to Miller this team could definitely beat anyone in the conference except Duke and qualify for a 3 to 6 seed in the conference tourney and an NCAA bid this year! (Too young and inexperienced to beat Duke as we only play them once in Cameron. Not less talented.)

Jacket Detective

December 12th, 2012
8:17 am

Thanks for waiting, Ken, until I had bought my ACC ticket package.
I’m kidding here.
Probably had nothing to do with my question yesterday as this article had to be in the works, but talk about a prompt reply.
So great job.
Anyone who complains about your reporting is either a Georgia troll, an idiot or both.

Jacket Detective

December 12th, 2012
8:32 am

I hope this makes some laugh but I have not been this excited about Tech basketball since a ten year old buddy pointed out to me that R.D. Craddock, Ron Sharp and Joe Coldwell were all sophomores. Add a few players and we would be on our way to a repeat trip to elite 8 where Roger Kaiser had taken us a few years earlier when only 16 teams were invited to the Dance. Kaiser made a list of top 50 college ballers of all time though that list was ten or so years ago.
Cremins’ 1996 team was also very exciting but the preseason ranking at #1 probably was as bad a curse as making the SI cover.
That ranking failed to look at the lack of any bench and how tired that team’s starters would be in crunch time from little rest time during games.
Never quite understood why Cremins couldn’t recruit more than one player a year (who saw the floor).
That flaw, I believe, led to underperformance and some unhappiness with his stay at Tech.
Pre-season thrill/ post season flop.

Jacket Detective

December 12th, 2012
8:36 am

@PG.
No need to knock a Jacket.

Jacket Detective

December 12th, 2012
8:44 am

@OldGold1964.
Agreed.
But OK to get excited?
And buy tickets.
I forgot to provide my grades for our fans for attendance at the Tech/Uga game.
Students – A.
Walk-up fans – B.
Grads – D.
Too many very good empty seats.
Tickets next to me sold to family of Uga player (mom & 3 younger brothers and sister) who were very well behaved, btw.

Iluvnutella

December 12th, 2012
9:11 am

Holy cow….some good news from North Ave……keep it comin, we need it after this debacle of a CPJ experiment on the football field.

Born2Buzz

December 12th, 2012
9:21 am

Looking forward to seeing Stacey next Monday and Solomon ASAP. We needed help at the PG position.

Born2Buzz

December 12th, 2012
9:25 am

And where is Hewitt Fan? I thought he said we would never get an ATL Celtic player again. Guess he’s up watching Paul bring George Mason crashing down.

William Casey

December 12th, 2012
9:26 am

@JacketDetective: The preseason #1 ranking was 1985-86 whent Price/Salley were seniors.

William Casey

December 12th, 2012
9:34 am

Cremins could recruit more. He didn’t want to. He got that one ultra-blue-chipper each year by promising that the guy would be “the man” at that position from day one til he left. Always had depth problems. Cremins didn’t recruit “over” a guy he had commited to. A guy knew if he came to GT, he would play 35-40 minutes per game.

j

December 12th, 2012
9:55 am

This guy is an explosive athlete, ball handling and shooting need work. It will be interesting to see how this works.

GT Girl

December 12th, 2012
9:57 am

Looking forward to seeing the Poole brothers play! Go Jackets!

collegeballfan

December 12th, 2012
10:12 am

Solomon Poole is carried on the roster at 6-0, 180 with #45.

Stacey Poole is eligible for 3 seasons. The idea is to keep Solomon around for that 3 same years.

We shall see.

GT Joe

December 12th, 2012
10:20 am

Dawgs rule, Tech Drools, but Our boys have cuter and tighter butt cheeks over here.

GT Girl

December 12th, 2012
10:20 am

I always knew you were like me GT. Girls rule.

collegeballfan

December 12th, 2012
10:22 am

I watch football mostly for the reallty tight pants on the dudes, alot of jock outline and manclevage shows. makes me wet.

William Casey

December 12th, 2012
10:24 am

Jack D..Are you planning to go to Swinging Richards this weekend. Guillaume is back dancing.

blazer

December 12th, 2012
10:55 am

I thought the Caldwell brothers and the Thorne brothers played together on same team>

GT BB fan

December 12th, 2012
12:29 pm

Fly Jackets fly…..

Paul in NH

December 12th, 2012
1:17 pm

Assuming Solomon Poole can get up to speed and adjusted to the ACC, this should help GT in the 2nd half of the conference season – Udofia needs some backup. GT still needs a reliable outside shooter.

Too Easy

December 12th, 2012
2:48 pm

Are the middle schools out for Christmas break already? Sure looks like it from this blog.

Naismith

December 12th, 2012
3:03 pm

Deadpool…who was the last great NCAA basketball player to stay in school all 4 years? Why not go ahead and play them as soon as possible since they want be around long anyway.

bill

December 12th, 2012
3:52 pm

This is the equivalent of a trade at mid season. Tech picks up a PG who can spell Udofia for long periods without significant drop off in production. Jordan can give you 3-5 minutes on a good day. But he doesn’t have the talent of Poole , even at this stage of Solomon’s development. If M’fon went down to injury, Poole could at least play decent minutes…he has excellent ball handling skills. How much he can contribute still is uncettain, but I wouldn’t bet against this kid getting quality minutes by March.

This makes Tech much, much deeper.Heyward’s injury made Tech vulnerable if M’fon went down. Now, they shouldn’t drop a beat with Solomon if that happened as far as playing within the system.Guess the minutes for the Poole brothers will come at the expense of Reed, Morris and Jordan.

My only concern is Royal. Really like the kid. He needs to get minutes, but is getting paltry few right now.Gregory made it a big deal talking Julian into staying at Tech when he arrived.Hope there is a place for him in the rotation.He has a big enough frame to play PF when Miller is sitting, or BG goes with 3 bigs ( rare). Tech is very deep….probably as deep as 2002 when Lane and Brooks were the 9th and 10th men Or when Luke was that deep on the bench behind Bosh in 03.

William Casey

December 12th, 2012
4:01 pm

I’d probably be insulted by the fake 10:24 AM post under my name but don’t have the slightest idea what the fool is talking about. LOL