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Could Georgia Tech commit Solomon Poole enroll in December? Possibly.

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In Brian Gregory’s first season at Georgia Tech the Yellow Jackets struggled, as disciplinary issues and a lack of depth resulted in an 11-20 (4-12 ACC) campaign.

But Gregory picked up a very important victory on the recruiting trail as 2013 point guard Solomon Poole decided to join his older brother Stacey Jr. (a transfer from Kentucky) at Georgia Tech.

And according to Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com the time for Solomon to set foot on the Georgia Tech campus could be sooner rather than later, and by “sooner” that means December.

The plan for Poole is to finish up his high school course work in December and then enroll at Georgia Tech after the first semester, sources told CBSSports.com.

“He is way ahead in school so that is the plan,” one source said. “But he has a lot of work to do to graduate in December.”

“It’s 50-50 right now,” a source said. “The next three weeks we will have a much better idea.”

In the 6-1 Poole the Yellow Jackets are adding a high-level point guard whenever he enrolls in classes, but to add a player of his caliber at the semester break would provide a much-needed boost.

Georgia Tech does return senior Mfon Udofia, who averaged 9.9 points and a team-best 2.8 assists per game as a junior. But Udofia also averaged 2.7 turnovers per contest, a number that has to decrease with or without Solomon Poole enrolling early.

Grad student Pierre Jordan, who averaged 11.5 minutes per game last season, took good care of the basketball during his limited time on the floor and may factor into the rotation thanks in part to freshman Corey Heyward’s torn ACL.

Georgia Tech has bodies at the off-guard position with two transfers (Poole Jr. and former Arkansas State guard Brandon Reed) joining freshman Chris Bolden but none of the three have suited up for the Yellow Jackets.

Adding Poole, who is an explosive player with the basketball in his hands, could both alleviate some of the pressure on Udofia to make things happen while also giving the Yellow Jackets a dimension they lacked in 2011-12.

The Yellow Jackets landed a solid freshman class (Bolden, Heyward, wing Marcus Georges-Hunt and power forward Robert Carter), but being able to account for the loss of Heyward by adding Poole would make that group even better.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: