Solomon Poole

Former four-star recruit lands at Florida Atlantic

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Former Clemson guard Adonis Filer wasn’t the only ACC guard to transfer to Florida Atlantic University this offseason. According to a report from Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution — filed late on Tuesday night — ex-Georgia Tech guard Solomon Poole is on the Owls roster.

Poole was a four-star recruit in the Class of 2012, according to Rivals. In two seasons, the 6-foot-1 Poole averaged 3.6 points and 1.4 assists in 35 career games with the Yellow Jackets. In February, Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory dismissed the sophomore guard from the team for “conduct and accountability issues”.

Poole started only a handful of games, averaged 17.4 minutes per game and scored in only double figures twice, with his best game to date was 24 points of 9-of-16 shooting in a non-conference loss to Ole Miss this past season.

Like Filer, who left Clemson in April, Poole will sit out this season and will become eligible at the start of the 2015-2016 season for first-year head coach Michael Curry, the former NBA wing.

Poole’s older brother, Stacey Poole Jr., is also gone from the Georgia Tech program, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported earlier this week.

Solomon Poole cleared to play for Georgia Tech on Monday

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Georgia Tech made it through the fall semester with a 6-2 record and now get an added boost heading into the winter break, as the Yellow Jackets add freshman guard Solomon Poole to the roster.

Poole, who signed with Georgia Tech back in November and graduated from North Florida Educational Institute also this fall. Last week, he was admitted to Georgia Tech.

“Our program is really excited to have Solomon join us at this time,” Georiga Tech head coach Brian Gregory said in a press release on Friday. “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.”

According to the release, Saturday – which marks the first day after the fall semester has ended – will be the first day the 6-foot Poole can practice with the team. Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, also reported on Friday that Poole will be eligible to play on Monday against Alabama State.

Georgia Tech adds Solomon’s older brother, Stacey, next week. The elder Poole is expected to be eligible for the Dec. 22 game against the Citadel. Stacey Poole played his freshman season at Kentucky in 2010-2011.

“Solomon has the explosiveness and athletic ability that fits in extremely well with our style of play,” Gregory had previously stated. “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.”

Poole will add a fourth-guard to Georgia Tech’s offensive alongside Marcus Georges-Hunt, Mfon Udofia, and Brandon Reed. Georges-Hunt and Udofia are the two leading scorers for the Yellow Jackets, while Reed has started every game.

Poole committed Georgia Tech back in June, picking the Yellow Jackets over other offers from Louisville, Georgia, Memphis, UCLA, and Oklahoma State.

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