|Soph.||6’5″ 195||Shooting Guard||Michigan||DOB: 6/16/99|
|12.8 ppg||3 rpg||2.2 apg||FG: 43.6%||3 PT: 36.9%|
NBA Comparison: Allonzo Trier
Strengths: Shot Creation, Athleticism, Natural Scorer
Weaknesses: Limited Production, Efficiency
After a relatively quiet freshman year, Poole had a sophomore season that has many scouts intrigued with his potential at the next level. He is most comfortable when creating a shot off of the dribble, something that he does very well. Poole was able to get by defenders in college and get to the basket, capable of finishing at the rim or around the hoop. His crossover and multiple other moves from the wing should translate to the professional game, as well as his ability to be productive in fast break situations. He can slip out and knock down a jump shot or lead the break finishing with a dunk, in many cases contested by a bigger player, which he should be able to do from day one as a pro. There is a small sample size with Poole receiving significant minutes, but as long as he is able to deal with higher usage and be productive, he projects as a potential solid scorer at the professional level.
His athleticism will help him on the defensive end, but he could struggle against stronger wings. He possesses the lateral quickness and speed to be able to keep up at the professional level, and on the perimeter he can guard multiple positions. There will be questions about his ability to score at a high level given he only had one season getting major minutes, where he averaged 12.3 points. He showed potential in his sophomore season, and Michigan had plenty of talent on the roster so it is possible that with a larger role he will be more productive. Poole can improve on his outside shot, but in the same way as his overall offensive abilities he should be able to increase efficiency on the offensive end. His shooting mechanics are solid and it is a natural release, which should mean that he will become a more efficient shooter over time. With that said, his shooting numbers were better than many other guards in the draft class leading some analysts to say that Poole is a potential steal in the draft, should he go where he is being projected.
This play shows his ability to throw down a highlight dunk:
Here is an example of how he can create and knock down an outside shot:
Poole is projected to go in the second round, but there is the possibility that he goes undrafted, however that does not seem likely. The talent and skill is there, but he did not produce enough at the college level to be considered a first round pick. Many analysts and media members thought there was a chance he would return to school for next season, but Poole has ruled that out and stated he will be staying in the draft. His ceiling as a professional is a starter level guard, possibly in a sixth man role, who can score the ball at a high level putting up above average offensive statistics. The worst case scenario for Poole is that he is unable to score enough at the NBA level to find a significant role on a team, causing him to head overseas or play in the G League after getting his chance to stick in the NBA.