Georgia Tech has landed one of the top point guards in the nation.
Solomon Poole of Jacksonville, Fla., committed to the Yellow Jackets over UCLA on Saturday. He is ranked as a 5-star recruit by Rivals, along with the nation’s No. 14 overall college basketball prospect for 2013.
“First of all, I picked Georgia Tech because I think ACC is the best conference for basketball,” Poole told the AJC. “Also, my brother [Stacey Poole] is there. The program has a tradition of point guards going into the league, guys like Stephon Marbury and Mark Price.
“[Coach Brian Gregory] was real with me. He only told me what I needed to hear. He didn’t give me a bunch of hype and tell me I was great just to get me to go to the program. I get along with all the coaches well there at Georgia Tech. And it’s a solid educational school, one of the best in the country.”
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound point guard also had scholarship offers from Louisville, Memphis, UCLA and UGA, among others.
“If I didn’t go to Georgia Tech, I definitely was going to UCLA,” Poole said.
Poole’s older brother, Stacey Poole, recently from transferred from Kentucky to Georgia Tech – which influenced the decision.
“Oh, that made a big impact on my decision,” Poole said. “Ever since we were young and played in the backyard, we wanted to play together in college and win a championship. My brother has been there for me since I came out of the womb. I think I owe him that [committing to Georgia Tech], so we could play together. He made me the player I am today.”
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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