COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Georgia Tech's top men's hoops recruit finally joins team; Albany Tech men lose sixth straight Wednesday

Solomon Poole's brother, Stacey, one starred for Georgia Tech, and now he's set to begin his career in Atlanta.

Solomon Poole's brother, Stacey, one starred for Georgia Tech, and now he's set to begin his career in Atlanta.

ATLANTA --- Solomon Poole, a highly-rated guard from Jacksonville, Fla., who signed a letter-of-intent with Georgia Tech in November, has enrolled at the Institute and will begin practicing with the basketball team Saturday, head coach Brian Gregory announced.

The 6-1 Poole, younger brother of Tech sophomore Stacey Poole, Jr., graduated this fall from North Florida Educational Institute and has been admitted into Tech. His eligibility to play for the Yellow Jackets is currently under review by NCAA Eligibility Center.

“Our program is really excited to have Solomon join us at this time,” said Gregory, whose team is 6-2. “I’m really proud of all the hard work he has put in to get himself into this position. I know Solomon is ready to help this team in any way he can, and in any role possible. While this is great for our program currently, it will also accelerate Solomon’s progress in the future.”

A 2012 all-state guard at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, where he averaged 21 points a game, Poole is a four-star prospect by Rivals and Scout, rated as high as 14th among all prep players at one point and currently No. 37 in his class in both rating services. He played on the AAU circuit for the Atlanta Celtics, and his father, Stacey, played college ball at Florida.

“Solomon has the explosiveness and athletic ability that fits in extremely well with our style of play,” Gregory said on the day Poole signed his letter of intent. “I really like his ability to create scoring opportunities for others and for himself in both the open-court and half-court situations. His tremendous work ethic and toughness will allow him to immediately compete on the ACC level.”

He joins his brother Stacey, Jr., who becomes eligible next week for the Yellow Jackets, making them the first brothers to be on the same Tech basketball team since Jon and Drew Barry in 1991-92.

ATC men struggle at home vs. Gordon, lose sixth straight

ALBANY — The struggles for the Albany Tech men’s basketball team continued Wednesday night in a 63-49 loss to Gordon College at home.

The Titans (2-9, 0-5) have lost six in a row and nine of their last 10 — and the schedule only gets tougher before the holiday break.

“We’re just not being physical right now. I can’t ever remember a game where (one of our teams) was physically dominated — and that’s what happened (Wednesday night),” ATC men’s coach Sylvester Patterson said. “We’ve got two more games before the break, both of the road — Chattahoochee Tech (10-1) on Sunday and Waycross (8-2) on Tuesday — and I hope we can at least win one, or at the very least compete hard. If we do either, I’ll feel like during the break we can turn this around.”

ATC only had one player in double figures Wednesday, Antwan Tuff (11 points), while Guy Barnes added nine.


glennw 2 years, 11 months ago

Your "headline" regarding GA Tech's Top Men's Basketball Recruit is EXTREMELY deceptive and INACCURATE. Poole DIDN'T FINALLY enroll; he is, IN FACT, an EARLY ENTRY, meaning he GRADUATED from High School EARLY and has JUST BEGUN his FIRST semester at GA Tech RATHER than WAITING to GRADUATE in JUNE and enrolling at Tech next Fall.

Therefore, rather than giving the insinuation Poole is "finally" joining the team, perhaps the Herald SHOULD be changing the headline to say Poole has JOINED THE TEAM EARLY.


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