Newly Enrolled Freshman Guard Solomon Poole Cleared to Play This Season for Georgia Tech

By Brian Swanson
Kevin Liles – USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA has cleared newly enrolled freshman guard Solomon Poole to play for Georgia Tech this season. Poole graduated from High School one semester ahead of schedule and immediately enrolled at Georgia Tech with hopes of being able to play this year and his wish has been granted.

The first game of his eligibility is Monday Dec. 17 against Alabama State. Poole’s older brother, Stacey Poole, transferred to Georgia Tech after playing one year with Kentucky in 2011-12. As funny as it sounds, the older Poole will most likely not be eligible for play until the Yellow Jackets’ game against Citadel on Saturday Dec. 22.

Solomon Poole, a 6’0″ scoring guard, will have limited playing time as a freshman, especially since he is younger than normal for a freshman.

The Yellow Jackets have primarily used freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt and senior Mfon Udofia as starters on the perimeter, and both are performing well. Also getting minutes at guard are freshman Chris Bolden, junior Brandon Reed, and junior Jason Morris. Out of these wing players only Udofia is logging more than 2 assists per game, as he records a 3.3 average. Poole, being a scoring guard, won’t really assist the Jackets’ lack of facilitators.

With a current record of 6 wins and 2 losses, Gregory isn’t going to shake things up too much in order to provide Poole with significant minutes. Although, it’s a long season and if there are injuries, or a loss of team chemistry, it would open up an opportunity for Poole to showcase his talents.

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