4 star combo-guard and Michigan commit Jordan Poole is one of the most skilled prospects in the entire country, currently ranked the #54 player in the class of 2017 per ESPN. The 6’5 wing can light it up in a hurry with an elite stroke, while possessing excellent ballhandling skills, and the court vision to create easy buckets for teammates. Endless Motor Sports had the privilege of speaking to Jordan about the recent move to La Lumiere and the logic behind the transfer, his status with Michigan, and his efforts on the recruiting trail among other things.
I. Move to La Lumiere
EM: Congrats on the move to La Lumiere. Can you tell us about some of the things that factored into the decision?
JP: Thanks, I appreciate it! But really just getting prepared for life in all aspects. Being independent and living on my own for a year so it won’t be so hard when the transition for college comes. Making sure I wake up by myself, get to class on time, workouts on time, etc. As far as basketball, playing on the national stage and playing against the best competition every time I step on the floor. Being able to have access to the gym and weight room whenever I need it, etc.
EM: Is it safe to say you’re excited to be surrounded by talented teammates that include Brian Bowen among others?
JP: Oh yes most definitely! Being around guys who can play at a high level like myself is helping everyone. I’m a huge competitor and don’t like to lose, so guys like that make sure you bring your best every game. I know for sure there are going to be practices where it gets real!
II. Self Analysis
EM: For those that aren’t familiar, can you describe your game?
JP: Well, being a 6’5 guard I can play both the 1 & 2 positions and I’m a high level shooter, so I can knock down shots at a high level. I’m also a playmaker and can get others involved and make the right play to get the easiest look possible for my teammates.
EM: What parts of your game are you looking to improve in order to be ready for the next level?
JP: Being physically capable of withstanding big ten games and also defense.
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EM: Can you give us some insight as to why you chose Michigan?
JP: The coaches are honest and develop the players at an incredibly high level. They’ve sent players to the league for the last 6 years so they’re getting players better. Coach B also runs a great system to show every player’s strength. The academics are absolutely incredible, so if the ball stops dropping then I have an amazing career to fall back on. Then again, who doesn’t wanna wear Jordan! C’mon now!
EM: Is it safe to say you’re 100% committed to Michigan?
JP: 110% would be the better way to say it.
EM: Have you been active in trying to recruit other prospects to Michigan?
JP: Mad active (laughs)
EM: Any prospects in particular that you’ve been in contact with about coming to Michigan and that you’d like to play with?
JP: Jamal Cain, Justin Smith, Kyle Young and Brian Bowen.
EM: If you could give some advice to any prospects that have interest in UM, or that UM is interested in, what would you say?
JP: I would say it’s a beyond special school and they don’t just hand out offers left and right. They make sure you’re the right fit for the program in all aspects, so if they offer its a crazy blessing and there should be no hesitation to accept it.
IV. NBA/Milwaukee Bucks
EM: Being from Milwaukee, what’s your outlook on the Bucks this year? Are they playoff bound with a healthy Jabari Parker and Thon Maker in the mix?
JP: Oh yeah! I’m feeling it that we’re going to make a run. Especially with my boy Giannas too, we are definitely valid!
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