Stacey Poole talks Indiana, ascent in rankings

  • 07/14/2009 7:15 am in

After his performance at the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA, last month, Jacksonville’s Stacey Poole found himself with an extra star beside his name on the Rivals.com top 150 for 2010. A fifth-star, to be exact.

For Poole, who’s playing this summer with the Jacksonville Lee Bulls, the accolade was based more on being watched closely by national scouts than his performance.

“I’ve just been seen more,” Poole told Inside the Hall from the Breakdown Hoopfest in Miami, FL. “I’m not surprised at what I’m doing. Not at all. Something I’m doing, they like. They like how I have that energy. I bring it on the court.”

Poole, the son of former McDonald’s All-American and Florida star Stacey Poole Sr., says he is still wide open in the recruiting process. His list includes Indiana, Clemson, Florida, Xavier, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Miami (FL). Connecticut and Louisville have recently expressed interest and are evaluating the 6-6 guard this summer.

“Right now, I’m just playing out my AAU season. I’m open,” he said of the recruiting process.

Poole said he plans to visit Bloomington in August. But even though he’s yet to take a visit, Poole has a good feel for the Indiana program and is building a solid relationship with assistant coach Bennie Seltzer, who played in the CBA at the same time as Poole Sr.

“It’s a big basketball school, not really a football school,” he said. “Everything’s based on basketball at Indiana. I’ve got a nice feel for Coach Seltz. He’s a real good guy.”

Regardless of his destination, Poole highlighted a few factors that will be on the top of his mind when he makes a decision.

“Style of play, building a relationship with the coaches,” Poole said. “You want to enjoy where you’re going to be at.”

With college coaches out in full force watching him during the current July evaluation period, the Andrew Jackson HS star is letting his play do the talking and tries to ignore who is watching.

“I just concentrate on my game. I know they’re going to be there so I just have to play my game and make them more interested.”

(Photo credit: Scout.com)

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  • Kelin Blab

    I did not know Rod Strickland..KY assistant is Kyrie Irvings Godfather…..that gives me a sick feeling.

  • Kelin Blab

    I did not know Rod Strickland..KY assistant is Kyrie Irvings Godfather…..that gives me a sick feeling.

  • Kelin Blab

    I did not know Rod Strickland..KY assistant is Kyrie Irvings Godfather…..that gives me a sick feeling.

  • hoosierboy

    I want to puke now. Thanks for the news.

  • hoosierboy

    I want to puke now. Thanks for the news.

  • hoosierboy

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  • hoosierboy

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  • Ron in Jeffersonville

    ok oh boy
    First he says IU is the top of his list , cause of the courses he can take at IU Now he say we are all even
    Then he wanted to play with his high school team mate Gilchest ( which hold KY high on his list). For the record Gilchest wants to play with Irving. Irving says it not that important to play with Gilchrest.
    Jody Denling of the Courier Journal predict Irving to go to IU in a chat he had today. But this is the same guy that predicted Will Burton to go to Kentucky. So sometimes, even they dont know what is in the mind of a 18 year old
    Conclusion. We are talking about 18 and 19 year old. They change their minds as much as they change their______. I feel this is why coaches cant talk about a recruit till their sign. But I know how this can drive us all crazy at times

  • Ron in Jeffersonville

    ok oh boy
    First he says IU is the top of his list , cause of the courses he can take at IU Now he say we are all even
    Then he wanted to play with his high school team mate Gilchest ( which hold KY high on his list). For the record Gilchest wants to play with Irving. Irving says it not that important to play with Gilchrest.
    Jody Denling of the Courier Journal predict Irving to go to IU in a chat he had today. But this is the same guy that predicted Will Burton to go to Kentucky. So sometimes, even they dont know what is in the mind of a 18 year old
    Conclusion. We are talking about 18 and 19 year old. They change their minds as much as they change their______. I feel this is why coaches cant talk about a recruit till their sign. But I know how this can drive us all crazy at times

  • Kelin Blab

    I am personally not a big fan of the young kids being recruited as hard as the older ones, and would like that rule changed. I played college basketball and I sure as hell didn't know where I wanted to go til my senior year and not a second earlier.

    It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out. I still think we will get KI, but the Rod Strickland thing is a new odd fact.

  • Kelin Blab

    I am personally not a big fan of the young kids being recruited as hard as the older ones, and would like that rule changed. I played college basketball and I sure as hell didn't know where I wanted to go til my senior year and not a second earlier.

    It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out. I still think we will get KI, but the Rod Strickland thing is a new odd fact.

  • because it's Indiana

    Irving has been quoted that his godfather's position, “doesn't matter.” Of course that is what I would say too. There seems to be a lot of smoke and I'm getting nevous about KI. Kelin, do you have any eligibility left? You may have suit up at point.

  • because it's Indiana

    Irving has been quoted that his godfather's position, “doesn't matter.” Of course that is what I would say too. There seems to be a lot of smoke and I'm getting nevous about KI. Kelin, do you have any eligibility left? You may have suit up at point.

  • Kelin Blab

    I have no eligibility left but if Crean wants to start on his 2024 class, I have a recruit who has a uniform already, he just needs a nap at 1pm every day.

    I will respect what KI says about his Godfather. If it did maybe the kid woud have committed already but I am not sure how hard memphis/KY was recruiting him.

    I am 70/30 we get Irving
    80/20 we get a Zeller or Plumlee
    10/90 We get teague….based on him being ready to commit to L'Ville in the spring but his dad said wait. One thing I truly believe ……Pitino still wants the NBA gig and Phil Jacksons last year is next year…..
    80/20 We land a surprise 2010 guy…..Blue, Gilcrest, someone….
    90/10 Our 2012 works pays off with two of the instate guys…..

    Whats up with Mo Creek……..?

  • Kelin Blab

    I have no eligibility left but if Crean wants to start on his 2024 class, I have a recruit who has a uniform already, he just needs a nap at 1pm every day.

    I will respect what KI says about his Godfather. If it did maybe the kid woud have committed already but I am not sure how hard memphis/KY was recruiting him.

    I am 70/30 we get Irving
    80/20 we get a Zeller or Plumlee
    10/90 We get teague….based on him being ready to commit to L'Ville in the spring but his dad said wait. One thing I truly believe ……Pitino still wants the NBA gig and Phil Jacksons last year is next year…..
    80/20 We land a surprise 2010 guy…..Blue, Gilcrest, someone….
    90/10 Our 2012 works pays off with two of the instate guys…..

    Whats up with Mo Creek……..?

  • Kelin Blab

    I am personally not a big fan of the young kids being recruited as hard as the older ones, and would like that rule changed. I played college basketball and I sure as hell didn't know where I wanted to go til my senior year and not a second earlier.

    It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out. I still think we will get KI, but the Rod Strickland thing is a new odd fact.

  • because it's Indiana

    Irving has been quoted that his godfather's position, “doesn't matter.” Of course that is what I would say too. There seems to be a lot of smoke and I'm getting nevous about KI. Kelin, do you have any eligibility left? You may have suit up at point.

  • Kelin Blab

    I have no eligibility left but if Crean wants to start on his 2024 class, I have a recruit who has a uniform already, he just needs a nap at 1pm every day.

    I will respect what KI says about his Godfather. If it did maybe the kid woud have committed already but I am not sure how hard memphis/KY was recruiting him.

    I am 70/30 we get Irving
    80/20 we get a Zeller or Plumlee
    10/90 We get teague….based on him being ready to commit to L'Ville in the spring but his dad said wait. One thing I truly believe ……Pitino still wants the NBA gig and Phil Jacksons last year is next year…..
    80/20 We land a surprise 2010 guy…..Blue, Gilcrest, someone….
    90/10 Our 2012 works pays off with two of the instate guys…..

    Whats up with Mo Creek……..?