In terms of upside, not many point guards in the 2013 class can match Solomon Poole, an electric 6′-1″ player from Terry Parker (FL). While his game isn’t a finished product, he has top notch bounce, physicality and an extra gear that is virtually unmatched among his peers. With physical gifts and on court abilities, Poole ranks among the top-5 point guards in his class, nationally.
On Saturday, multiple media members in attendance at the NBPA Top 100 Camp reported that Poole verbally committed to Georgia Tech, as their first recruit in their 2013 class. In playing for the Yellow Jackets, Poole will join his brother Stacey, a wing forward who transferred away from Kentucky to Georgia Tech last season. Through two days at camp, Poole averaged 10 points and 4 rebounds per game.
During his first full recruiting cycle as the head coach at Georgia Tech, following being hired from Dayton, coach Brian Gregory assembled a top-25 national class, headlined by power forward Robert Carter. Poole is clearly a feather in his cap, and a potentially elite player, given his current national No. 26 ranking.
Poole is the 3rd best committed point guard in the 2013 class, behind Kasey Hill (Florida) and Nate Britt (North Carolina), putting Georgia Tech in impressive company.
Hoopinks.com caught Poole in action two weekends ago at the Pangos All-American camp in Long Beach, California. He was particularly impressive on Sunday, and we wrote:
As he demonstrated in a camp game on Sunday morning, Poole has a higher gear that few other other high school basketball players in this country have. Poole served up the dunk of the camp, going coast to coast, accelerating to an impressive height and throwing down. While he occasionally falls into the habit of settling for jump shots, he can be effective like few other 2013 point guards when he penetrates and uses his athletic gifts to his advantage. Outside of Andrew Harrison, Poole arguably has as much long term potential as any lead guard in his class.
Poole, who runs with the loaded Atlanta Celtics grassroots program, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he “definitely was going to UCLA”, if he didn’t pop for Georgia Tech. To no surprise, he also cited his brother Stacey being at Georgia Tech as a large factor in his decision.--------------------------------------------
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