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By LARRY VAUGHT
Stacey Poole will not officially announce whether heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to Kentucky or South Carolina until a 5:30 p.m. Thursday press conference on ESPNU. However, all indications continue to be that the 6-5 Jacksonville forward will pick the Wildcats and be coach John CalipariÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first commit in the 2010 recruiting class.
So how good is Poole? I asked Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels how Poole would rank with the five freshmen UK has this year.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He would probably be the caboose to be honest. I think Stacey is very talented,Ã‚Â very athletic and get a lot done at the rim. But we have him at 68th (in our rankings). You can be outside the top 50 and still be good. But compared to the five they brought in last year, they were all ranked in the top 40 or at least the top 50.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think it is unreasonable to think you can get that kind of class every year. Calipari recruits good players and will always get good players. Signing a class like last year that was a consensus No. 1 and doing it so late was just a great job. But it is not a guarantee every year.Ã¢â‚¬Â
While Evans doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forecast Poole has a McDonaldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s All-American, he says he is still a player many, many teams would love to have.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He is a good player. He brings so many variables tot he table. He will fit well with the dribble-drive offense. He gets out in transition very well and can finish at the rim,Ã¢â‚¬Â Evans said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“If he would turn out to be the worst player in your recruiting class, you would have a darn good recruiting class because this kid can play. And heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a great kid, too. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll handle himself well at Kentucky if that is his choice.Ã¢â‚¬Â