Stacey Poole, Jr.
The strain of an injury-plagued season is catching up with the Jackets
Yellow Jackets a week away from beginning season 3 under Brian Gregory
Jackets will hit the ground running when practice begins in late September
This day arrives but once each century
Yellow Jackets host Tulane at 7 p.m. Friday
Georgia Tech vs. Duke (USATSI)
Georgia Tech men's basketball
Georgia Tech vs. Illinois (USATSI)
The Yellow Jackets opened the regular season with an 88-57 victory over the Blue Hose.
Georgia Tech vs. Clemson (AP)
Transfer from Kentucky who enrolled at Georgia Tech for the spring semester and began practicing with the team Jan. 12, 2012 ... Played two seasons for Tech (2012-13, 2013-14) ... Became eligible to play for Tech at the conclusion of the fall semester in 2012 and has two more years of eligibility (NCAA rules require residency at the new school for one full year before becoming eligible) ... Highly recruited prep star ranked as high as 33rd in some recruiting rankings ... Wore No. 12 last year, changed to No. 1 for 2013-14 ... Played in 13 ACC games each season at Tech, 41 games total over his two seasons.
2013-14 (at Georgia Tech) - Game-by-Game Statistics
Gave Tech good energy and toughness on defense off the bench, and was effective at times with those assets ... Did not play in the last four games of the season ... Scored eight points in 12 minutes, including 4-4 from the FT line, to help Tech win at Wake Forest ... Came up big to help keep Tech in the game against No. 22 Pitt, scoring seven points (2-4 FG, 3-3 FT, no turnovers) in 17 minutes ... Scored five points with three rebounds in the ACC opener at Maryland ... Averaged 3.4 points, hit 43.5 percent from the floor, nine assists and six steals ... Scored career-high 11 points against East Tennessee State, including 3-for-4 on 3s ... Did not score against Illinois, but took two big charges on defense ... Came off the bench to spark an 8-0 run to end the first half against Presbyterian, scored six points with two assists ... Scored six points against Delaware State in nine minutes ... Five points in 11 minutes at Georgia.
2012-13 (at Georgia Tech) - Game-by-Game Statistics
Became eligible to play for Tech Dec. 15 and gave Tech good energy and toughness on defense off the bench... Played in 13 ACC games, averaging 6.2 minutes ... Missed the BC game on March 9 due to a death in the family... Made his Tech debut against The Citadel with seven points and five rebounds in 21 minutes ... Followed with five points and five rebounds against Fordham in 11 minutes... Best ACC games were Jan. 12 against Virginia Tech (five points and three boards with an assist in 16 minutes) and Jan. 26 against Wake Forest (six points, 3-6 FG in 14 minutes).
2010-11 (at Kentucky)
Played in 16 games as the Wildcats went 29-9 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Houston ... Saw action in four SEC games, logging a season-high four minutes against Auburn and LSU ... Played a season-high eight minutes against Washington in the Maui Invitational ... Hit his only field goal of the season, a 3-point basket, against Notre Dame, helping key a 13-2 run to close the first half ... Scored five points, grabbed six rebounds and passed out three assists in eight minutes of play in the exhibition against Dillard.
Averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists as a senior ... Participated in Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic, where he scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds ... Scored in double figures in 19 of his final 23 games his senior season ... Averaged 17.3 points per game as a junior ... Was Kentucky's first signee of class of 2010 ... Ranked as the fourth best small forward and No. 33 overall prospect of 2010 by Rivals.com, the No. 51 overall prospect by ESPNU and 12th best small forward by Scout.com.
Full name is Stacey Poole, Jr. ... Born October 24, 1991 ... Son of Stacey and Shelley Poole ... Father, Stacey, was a standout at the University of Florida who ranks as the Gators' No. 4 all-time scorer with 1,678 points ... Chose Kentucky over South Carolina ... Majoring in Science, Technology and Culture at Tech.