UK's Stacey Poole to discuss possible transfer with father

jtipton@herald-leader.comNovember 2, 2011 

Kentucky sophomore Stacey Poole,Jr, during UK basketball media day on Thursday Oct. 13, 2011, in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF

Stacey Poole Jr.'s father said Tuesday night that he plans to meet with his son in Lexington this weekend to determine whether the sophomore guard should stay at Kentucky or find another basketball home.

"At the end of the day, no decision has been made," the elder Poole said. "... This could be temporary. This could be legit."

The younger Poole is not unhappy at UK. "He loves Big Blue," his father said. "... He loves it up there. Kentucky's been good to him."

But the elder Poole, an All-Southeastern Conference player for Florida in the early 1990s, said he did not like what he saw when he watched his son play this pre-season.

"You can't be unsure," the elder Poole said. "When I look at him on TV (the son appears to be thinking) 'I don't want to (mess) up.' You can't play the game like that."

The father acknowledged that his concern is the driving force in Poole perhaps coming to a basketball crossroads.

"I'm initiating everything," he said. "... At the end of the day, I'll make the call."

The elder Poole said he had spoken to his son about whether to stay at Kentucky. "After the (Blue-White) scrimmage I saw, he doesn't look comfortable," he said of his son.

The father said he advised his son, "Hey, man, don't lose that smile. Always enjoy the game. But he's not smiling. He's just all focused."

Poole came to Kentucky in 2010 after averaging 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Providence High in Jacksonville, Fla. In an interview late this summer, he acknowledged the struggle to accept seldom playing as a UK freshman. He averaged 2.8 minutes in 16 games.

The elder Poole said his concern was not rooted in playing time. "If it was about time, I'd have acted like a fool last year," he said. "... I'm for him. I'm for the program. But he's my son. I want to make sure he's comfortable."

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