Stacey Poole, who was ranked as the No. 12 small forward in the class of 2010, confirmed to GoJackets.com that he is transferring from Kentucky to play for Coach Brian Gregory and the Yellow Jackets.
“I just sat down with my family and, you know, had to make the right choice that fits,” Poole said of his decision to transfer to Georgia Tech. “I just decided that I wanted to be in the ACC and go to Georgia Tech.”
Poole received less than 50 minutes of game action as a freshman under John Calipari as a freshman at Kentucky, which is one of the main reasons that he decided to look elsewhere for a better fit.
Although Poole’s addition may come as a surprise to some Yellow Jacket fans, Poole maintains that he has had a relationship with the Yellow Jacket program and with many of the current coaches since high school.
“They recruited me when I was in high school. Some of the coaches off the coaching staff were at Clemson and Dayton, so I was getting recruited by those guys in high school, so I kind of had a feel for them.”
Poole was talking to a handful of schools after he decided that he was going to transfer out of Lexington. In addition to Georgia Tech, Poole also maintained contact with Seton Hall, DePaul, Marquette, Wake Forest, Iowa and FIU.
In the end, however, Poole decided that Georgia Tech presented him with the best opportunity to be successful.
“The coaches, they wanted me. I knew the coaches from when they recruited me in high school, so I had kind of a feel and a familiarity with their faces and I’m just happy with my decision.”
With his decision now out of the way, Poole is excited to have a fresh start with the program in Atlanta.
“I want to get there and just be the best that I can be. Work hard and just grind. That’s really it. I’m just really excited to get this new start and just go at it.”
Poole will enroll in classes at Georgia Tech for this spring semester and he will be eligible to play in games with the Yellow Jackets starting next spring.