Solomon Poole eligible to play Monday

Georgia Tech guard Solomon Poole was cleared by the NCAA eligibility center Friday. Poole, who has enrolled for the spring term after graduating from high school early, will be available to play in the Yellow Jackets’ game Monday against Alabama State at McCamish Pavilion.

Poole will join the team for his first practice Saturday. Ironically, Poole’s brother Stacey, who played one season at Kentucky and has been practicing at Tech for a year, will likely have to wait until Tech’s Dec. 22 game against the Citadel for his first game with the Jackets.

Thursday, coach Brian Gregory said that Solomon is physically ready to play at the college level, but downplayed expectations for playing time. He noted that the learning curve for a guard is steeper than it is for a forward or center.

“I think one of the big things that’s big with us right now is our team chemistry and different things like that, and I think he understands that,” Gregory said. “I think he’s willing to do anything in any role that we ask him.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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5150 UOAD

December 14th, 2012
3:56 pm

Where is HEWITT FAN now?

JAdams

December 14th, 2012
4:16 pm

Gregory is pulling strings. Why cant PJ

buzzy

December 14th, 2012
4:18 pm

Welcome to GT Solomon! Go Jackets.

5150 UOAD

December 14th, 2012
4:25 pm

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TECH Fans if you have the chance go to the DOME tomorrow night and cheer for CUSTIS(lovejoy) the Tech RB commit in the State Championship game. Support Future TECH players.

Jim 70

December 14th, 2012
4:30 pm

Great news about Solomon. Hopefully will mix in well with the current players.

Go tech

collegeballfan

December 14th, 2012
4:56 pm

I would expect So. Poole to play a little at the 2 guard spot and not at point for a few weeks.

Houlihan McGee

December 14th, 2012
7:35 pm

5150 UOAD – I know you MEANT to say “cheer for Custis AND Jumichael Ramos”

wreckbone

December 14th, 2012
7:48 pm

Wow what great news. Did not think we would hear so much good news this year in hoops. Keep recruitng coach. Looks great so far. Can’t believe that this occured. He is going to help us have another threat at guard. Did not think we would be doing so well and ahve great recruits coming in mid season. Thanks so much Poole family!! Xmas came early!!

OldGold1964

December 14th, 2012
8:21 pm

I’m excited about GT basketball this year. Come ACC tournament time, it will be tough battle, and this year, Tech will have some depth. Avoid injuries, avoid silly fouls an turnovers, and the Yellow Jackets should be able to compete with anybody.

GTGirl

December 14th, 2012
10:32 pm

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

North Ave Killer Beez

December 14th, 2012
10:50 pm

By far the best point guard on the team. This is going to be a fun group to watch come march.

GT-UT

December 15th, 2012
12:37 am

Good news all around for GT! Welcome!

Like the 2000 yd rusher coming to Tech as well.

ACC is known for its guard play. Get sound because this is a big stage and can get you to the next level

ylojkt

December 15th, 2012
1:56 am

Let’s Go Jackets!
Welcome to the Poole brothers, may your stars shine bright!

GT71

December 15th, 2012
7:33 am

OK, everyone jump in the Poole! We now have a team that can play in the ‘deep end’ along with the powers of the ACC. Whether we win or not, it is nice to have 8-9 guys who can play.
Can’t wait till January and the ACC schedule. And we haven’t been able to say that for quite some time.

ToeMeetsLeather

December 15th, 2012
8:25 am

This is good news for the program. Just need these guys to play team ball and not expect too much too soon. Make no mistake though, THIS year’s team is still Mfon’s team. He is playing the best ball of his career at TECH. Assist are up & TOs down, he’s shooting over 50% and the three ball at over 40%. This will give Mfon time to get 100% healthy for a strong run in ACC play and set us up for big things the next few years. The Thrillerdome is “back” baby!

dry dirt road

December 15th, 2012
8:36 am

Ken, where did he go to hs? I went to hs in Jax during the 60’s. He is what Tech loves to have, a kid who graduates from hs early. Tech didn’t accept me at first. I had to take the SAT twice at JU, and the second time an extra math section was on it, which improved my score enough to be accepted by Tech. I hope this kid doesn’t use Tech as a NBA springboard to dive into the Poole and does Tech no Favors then.

Jacket Detective

December 15th, 2012
9:27 am

Now we can have Tevin/Vad debates like the ones that plagued the football season.
Except in basketball, you are able to sub more.
However like with Vad, you have to learn all the plays.
Correct me if I am wrong though but Solomon is a shooting or #2 guard while his brother Stacey is the point guard.
What I am hoping may result is a more uptempo game with more shots for all.
And maybe the two will be subbed in at the same time.
Let’s try not to expect too much too soon from the two and give them some time to develop.
As I promised if we beat Uga, I bought the ACC package earlier this week.
Due to that victory and not these two good additions to the team.
Thanks guys for beating Uga.

Jacket Detective

December 15th, 2012
9:32 am

Dawg fan I talked to Wednesday dying of jealousy over the continuing good news concerning GT basketball. He is not looking forward to watching (of course) the empty seats in the background at the Stegasaurus (properly named) while the Hank increasingly begins to roar with fans returning to the program.

Jacket Detective

December 15th, 2012
9:43 am

We now have a basketball program that can challenge Duke, UNC and NC State next year (prove me wrong Jackets).
The present is good and the future is better.
While the Dawgs are bad in the present and likely to get worse if there one good player, Caldwell-Pope, leaves.

UGA = Yawn

December 15th, 2012
9:48 am

I’m sure ‘chemistry’ will be fine once the brothers can be on the court at the same time coach!!! Ah…duh. If he’s that good – play him!

Jacket Detective

December 15th, 2012
9:50 am

We have a Providence grad and ex-track star selling tickets for us.
Personable dude.
Ask for Allan and say the Jacket Detective sent u.
BTW Tech fan next to me had a serious nerve surgery the day before the Uga game and made it.
What’s your excuse for not getting on board with a ACC package?

Jacket Detective

December 15th, 2012
9:58 am

@UGA = Yawn.
I’m all for Brain Gregory making that call.
Just as I was for CPJ making it in football.
I used to be a football only fan and that might be shifting to basketball only.
Until I get proof that the STs and defense can get to the level of our offense.
CBG is accomplishing what we had hoped CPJ would do.
CPJ has yet to prove he can make a good D coor hire.
Hope all the good ones are not already gone – like Ellis Johnson to Auburn – by the time CPJ makes his decision.
Not playing to buy football season tickets.
Well I’ve said that before.

Jacket Detective

December 15th, 2012
9:59 am

planning, not playing.

Jacket Detective

December 15th, 2012
10:07 am

Even before the addition of the Pooles, this could turn out to be the best freshman class ever.
We’ve yet to see Heyward and probably won’t until next year.
Which class will Stacey be in since he transferred in last year?
Cremins should have learned how to do this too.
Not much of a bench during his years though I’ll always be grateful to him for putting us on the basketball map.
Future so bright, I’ve got to wear shades.

[...] According to the release, Saturday – which marks the first day after the fall semester has finished – will be the first day the 6-foot Poole can practice. Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, also reported on Friday that Poole will be eligible to play on Monday against Alabama State. [...]

Reebok

December 15th, 2012
11:12 am

Had very ;ow expectations of the program coming into this year, but I’m now finding myself somewhat optimistic that this team could win 20 and slip into the dance.

Jacket Detective

December 15th, 2012
11:21 am

Welcome aboard Reebok.
The sky is the limit for ensuing years.
Recruiting and coaching: what a concept.

CrimeWire

December 15th, 2012
11:34 am

JacketDetective: I think you have the positions of the Poole brothers reversed. Solomon (the younger one) is the PG and Stacey is the wing player. Having Solomon available this year may really pay off later in the season. Point guard is the one position where we really lacked depth.

Go Jackets!

CrimeWire

December 15th, 2012
11:38 am

Jacket Detective: Stacey is listed on the GT roster as a sophomore, so he should have eligibility for the remainder of this year and two more.

Buzz2011

December 15th, 2012
12:12 pm

Jackets big year!! Memories of 2004 comes to mind!!

Who ordered the drunk detective?

December 15th, 2012
12:24 pm

Best freshman class ever? Competing with duke,unc, and state? Lol.

Jacket Detective

December 15th, 2012
12:47 pm

@Who.
I meant at Tech.
Obvious to fellow Jacket fans.
Got a song for u though since u hide your allegiance behind your slight.
Sing along for dawg fans.
Richts got the millions and we got the shaft. (no national championship again)
If not a dawg, own up to who u r for.

Jacket Detective

December 15th, 2012
12:48 pm

Course I just might be a little “drunk” with joy over a program rapidly getting better.

Jacket Detective

December 15th, 2012
1:00 pm

Common dawg lament (when honest enough to admit basketball does count): “I thought Fox would be able to recruit better than this”.
Quote courtesy of dawg friend.

GIVE ME A BREAK

December 15th, 2012
1:53 pm

Congrats, CBG. You have done a great job at GT bringing Bobby back and recruiting high character players. It’s easy to forget that Rice was ever here. ” GO JACKETS “

Best gt freshman class?

December 15th, 2012
8:47 pm

Yeah. I knew what you meant. It is just as big a joke as before. It’s not even the best freshman class of the past 5 years here. A program rapidly getting better? I’m sorry but didn’t gt just struggle with Unc Wilmington? I could have sworn you said competing with unc, duke, and nc state. I guess you really meant uncw, Drake, and nca&m. Oh but he’s recruiting high character guys who get ejected twice for foul language. Uga hired a bozo in fox and gt just had to outdo them.

ToeMeetsLeather

December 16th, 2012
7:44 am

@Best, sounds like someone ran over your Dawg dude. Cheer up man, things will get better.

By the way, over the last five years COMBINED, Favors and Udofia were the only players close to this freshmen class pesently on campus. And now the Pooles have been added o that group. Get ready ready for your hopes of TECH staying at the “Hewitt Level” dashed buddy.

Jacket Detective

December 16th, 2012
9:48 am

Remember how Billboard would put a bullet next to a rising new song.
Georgia Tech, preseason ranked by ESPN at 127, has cracked the top 50 and is headed higher.
An upward bullet next to our future?
As opposed to the downward one the Dawgs get.
Yes I confess.
I’m drunk with excitement over Tech basketball’s promise for the future.
Great arena – McCamish Pavilion, similarly named like UCLA’s.
Recruits flocking to the program.
A Tech fan’s biggest problem is not to get too far ahead of ourselves.
Not to expect too much too, soon from the Poole bros and the freshman.
We have our upperclassmen to provide some grit – Udofia sinks dawgs with clutch basket.
And a very good freshman class with additions to watch develop.
Future so bright, we’ve got to wear shades.

5150 UOAD

December 16th, 2012
11:45 am

Facebook post to grads.

Congrats to the (5) current and former Yellow Jackets graduating on Saturday!!! David Sims Emmanuel Dieke Roderick Sweeting Jahi Word-Daniels Brad Brad J. Jefferson

Congratulations Rod. What an accomplishment brother. Enjoy it man

Emmanuel Dieke
Its official!!! Ya boy done graduated from georgia Tech!! One of the best feelings ever and well deserved!! I dont know what nexts for me but whatever it is, i know that God will guide my path!! Thank you family, friends and all those who supported ya boy! #TRU

Jahi Word-Daniels 2 hours ago near Panthersville
Finally an alumni! Going back and getting my degree…Way better feeling than playing in the NFL!! God is good!

Way to go boys.

Tech Man

December 17th, 2012
8:30 am

Good to have Poole in the fold. Only problem: One and half and he’s done.

Tech Man

December 17th, 2012
8:30 am

Good to have Poole in the fold. Only problem: One and half and he’s done.

Tech Man

December 17th, 2012
8:30 am

Good to have Poole in the fold. Only problem: One and half and he’s done.

Tech Man

December 17th, 2012
8:30 am

Good to have Poole in the fold. Only problem: One and half and he’s done.

Dwayne pn

December 17th, 2012
9:16 am

Tech Man, you’re way off on that.

Veteran Fan

December 17th, 2012
9:48 am

UNCW was a trap game coming right after uga and we showed grit and determination to come back and win it late! The team is growing and doesn’t realize how good they can be! Have the talent to beat anyone in the nation except Indiana and Duke! Keys are Miller and Udofia. If they stay healthy and out of foul trouble we should do well in conference and earn an NCAA berth. No one other than Georgetown plays defense like we do! Go Jackets!

The ATLER

December 17th, 2012
11:02 am

Ok my fellow Jackets fans. I am proud of coach Gregory and love what he has done in a short time, but we gotta let the team play before we crown them. I see Atlantans doing that with the Falcons. Stop counting your chickens before they hatch and just ride with the Ramblin Wreck!!!! Go Jackets!!!!

Ben

December 17th, 2012
12:30 pm

Ditto, ATLER

wreckbone

December 17th, 2012
12:32 pm

Any Dawg fan or whatever talking smack is really funny on here with regards to Hoops! We are getting Xmas early in the Poole infusion into the GT lineup. I mentioned it a year ago that the Pooles are coming and now they are here. Check out the Tech Hoops show and you see how mature Stacey Jr looks. He doesn’t look like a wet behind the ears freshman but instead a grown man.

Whoever is talking smack about us not hanging with the top of the ACC. you haven’t watched much hoops this year. UNC is not UNC NC State can choke with the best of ‘em (Did you see the Michigan game) and well Duke is still Duke (too bad they away this year) Also, the ACC is tougher did you count the 18 games not 16 so you can all stop with the powder puff schedule remarks before ether begin. We took Illinois to the wire (better than Butler) and they had to hit lights out at home to beat us. Would have liked to have seen that game without Mufon getting hurt or with Solomon being able to come in when the injury occurred.

When I heard the rumor that Solomon was coming this season I thought, “no it can’t be”….but it is here in 6 hours!!

Anyone hating on TECH Hoops right now is just trying to say stupid things that make no sense. the bottom line is we have 2 losses. Both teams will be int he dance and probably go to the second weekend. And we were up on them both at their house (Cal was not at home but in Anaheim so it like us not at home in Phillips) well into the second half.

Also saw interview with Morris, that kid is pretty smart. Was happy to see that.

wreckbone

December 17th, 2012
12:39 pm

Tech man may not be way off mark. This kid can ball, but we will see. Would love to be point guard U again. I remember Marbury at ACC tourney. Was in the NC State section (we were playing state) and he blew by 4 guys to the hoop and the entire section went….woah, kind of a soft under breath kind of thing form the entire crowd. It was awesome! I can’t wait for that sort of reaction to Freshmen again. I agree this could be the best Freshman class ever. 2 guys already stepping up (Carter Jr and Gorges-Hunt) then add in the super frosh and his older brother. Another PG on the bench with a torn knee. Then a guy from HS in my neck of the woods chucking 3’s (Bolden) . This may be amazing. Not Calipari amazing but really exciting all the same. We went from depleted after last year and Rice’s exit to really great depth come January. Remember Stacey has been with the team since last January!

I have to admit, I do not miss Hewitt at all! Defense and assists are up, turnovers are down; and all we need to do is get better offensively and reclaim the glass!! That is a HUGE improvement over last year!

unajacket

December 17th, 2012
4:14 pm

I saw Solomon play hs ball & his first step & drive to the basket is reminicent of Kenny.