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