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Poole's dad doesn't deny departure speculation

Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:04 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 10:05 pm
 

By Jeff Borzello

With only days until the season tips off, Kentucky’s roster still seems to be in a state of fluctuation.

Reports swirled Tuesday night that one player would be leaving the Wildcats on Wednesday, and sources indicate the likely candidate is sophomore forward Stacey Poole.

When reached on Tuesday night, Poole’s father did not deny the reports.

“I can’t confirm the rumor at this time,” Poole Sr. told CBSSports.com.

Poole Jr. and his former AAU coaches did not respond to phone calls and text messages.

Poole is a 6-foot-4 swingman from Florida who played a total of 45 minutes last season. With the addition of four star freshmen, his playing time was not likely to increase. Moreover, reports out of the Wildcats’ early practices and workouts indicated that Poole has struggled and has often been frustrated. 

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Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:54 am
 

Poole's dad doesn't deny departure speculation

I'm not sure what your point is, twill.  It seems pointless to say that last year's team wouldn't have sniffed the final four without Miller, Liggins, Harrelson.  Of course they wouldn't have. Just like they wouldn't have sniffed the final four without Brandon Knight and Lamb and Jones. 


And not every recruit is going to pan out. That's common sense. Maybe Poole was overrated. I suppose we'll find out since it looks as if he's on his way to place where he can get more playing time. Personally, I wish him the best.


As for whether a freshman dominated team can win it all, that remains to be seen, but it's important to remember that there was only one one and done on last year's team-- well two if you count Kanter, I guess.  As I've been saying over and over, not every freshman Calipari recruits is going to come in, play big and go in the first round of the draft.  Jones and Lamb returning seems to bare that out. 

Personally, I hope Poole has success wherever he ends up.       



Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:19 pm
 

Poole's dad doesn't deny departure speculation

He was a CAL commitment.  He was also discussed and touted as one of the great freshman with last years class.  He was a top 40 recruit.  So every comment you made was dead wrong.  What Poole is a player that was overrated coming out of high school.  Unfortunatley UK fans think because CAL recruited them they must be great.  You can't win with a freshman dominated team.  Before you quote last years team look at the facts.  They were a number 4 seed in the tournament.  Barely made it out of the first round.  Had a senior player who averaged 8 points and 6 rebounds a game during the regular season avera a double double up to the final four in Josh Harrelson.  Without Miller, Liggins and Harrelson they do not sniff the final four last year.



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Poole's dad doesn't deny departure speculation

Well, he didn't play in the exhibition last night, so I'm guessing he's gone.  From what I've read, Poole is satisfied at Kentucky, but his dad wants him to tranfer for PT.  Personally, I don't think it points to a problem with either Cal's system or Poole and his father.  He was a solid top 50 prospect but there have been better players at his position in the classes before and after him.  You can't blame Cal for recruiting and playing those guys and you can't blame Poole's dad for wanting to watch his son on the court. After all, the kid's only going be in college once, right? 


If stays I hope he keeps working and getting and earns so PT. If he goes, I hope he does well.  



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Poole's dad doesn't deny departure speculation

I guess he isn't the player he thought he was or he would have left with the rest of the team at the end of last year.  In modern college basketball, it seems that sophomores are too old to be playing anymore and are replaced by freshman. 



Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:27 am
 

Poole's dad doesn't deny departure speculation

"I don't know the stats on this, but if I had to guess, I would say Calipari has had the most one and done's than any other coach, and I'm not sure it is even close." If I had to guess, I would think Ben Howland/UCLA would rank higher than Calipari in the coaching of one and done players.



Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:39 pm
 

Poole's dad doesn't deny departure speculation

yet you still did explain yourself...hmmmm



Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Poole's dad doesn't deny departure speculation

My bad brianscottp. I did not see that you already posted that.




Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Poole's dad doesn't deny departure speculation

he did not commit to Billy G. He was Cals first recruit in last years class.



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:47 pm
 

Poole's dad doesn't deny departure speculation

correction to UK_razy: Poole committed to Calipari and was the first commit from last year's class. Daniel Orton and Jon Hood were the two Gillespie commitments that Calipari honored. 



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Poole's dad doesn't deny departure speculation

To uKThr.......whatever your name is, Poole had already committed to UK befor Gillispie left....look it up. his average ranking for all the services was 49, so your "theory" of Rivals having him 30- something could be correct, but I doubt it. As for hard to believe I am a UK fan, I have been a UK fan since you were still shitting your pants, have attended every home game for the past twelve yers and have met every UK coach from Hall to Cal. , so I hardly need to explain anything about me to you.


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