Was at an AAU tourney near Milwaukee this weekend and decided to stick around and watch Jordan Poole in the 17U title game. It was an interesting experience, so thought I'd share some observations. Admittedly, this is just one game:
Basically, I'd describe Poole's game as a 3-point shooting diva. He was out on the floor to do one thing. Didn't show much interest in defense, rebounds or passing, although he did rifle one pass under the basket and almost took a teammate's head offf, the poor kid was so surprised to see the ball coming at him.
The game starts, Poole isn't doing much, forces a couple bad shots and I'm groaning to myself. Then the coach decides its time for the Poole Show to begin and they iso him at the top of the key, he does about 16 crossover dribbles, steps back and drains a long 3 with a hand in his face. He does this twice in a row, draws a 3-shot foul in the corner, then drains a 30-footer. Within a couple minutes, he put his team in control of the game (which they won).
The guy's an interesting player, but tough to tell how he'll fit into a team concept, whether he can catch-and-shoot or have a well-rounded game. There were some very good players on the court. Poole matched up agaisnt Brad Davison (Wisc committ) at the start. I think Gary Trent Jr. was out there for Howard Pulley, but he didn't jump out at me. Tyus Jones' little brother, a 2018, is good.
Another observation was Poole is kind of a free spirit. He was very loose before the game, joked around with refs, wore his shorts short. While his team warmed up, he was off by himself at midcourt using a hand-held foam roller all over his body, then did a bunch a waist-high dribbles. Took maybe 1 shot before the game started.
It will be interesting to see how that La Lumiere superteam fares this seson.