A fortnight of speculating on Stacey Poole's roster status ended with an announcement Monday of the sophomore's intention to transfer from UK.
UK head coach John Calipari announced the roster move on his website Tuesday afternoon.
Poole, a 6-4 guard from Jacksonville, Fla., played in just 16 games as a freshman and averaged 0.3 points per game. He struggled to find playing time among the Cats' roster and ultimately played a total of 45 minutes in his career at UK.
Expectations for Poole were high out of Providence High School in Jacksonville. He had the genes; his father, Stacey Poole Sr., ranks No. 4 on Florida's all-time scoring list. He also had the accolades: One recruiting service ranked him as high as the No. 33 overall prospect in the Class of 2010.
But Poole admitted he wasn't prepared for the demands of the college game, and he never fully made the adjustment in his first year.
"It caught be off-guard a little bit," Poole told CatsPause.com in September. "My dad always told me it was going to be different but—I don’t know. I’m not here to talk about last year. It’s over and done with. I’m just trying to move forward."
Since he did not play in any games as a sophomore, he will still have three years of eligibility wherever he decides to play next.
CatsPause.com and several other outlets reported that Poole had left the team on Nov. 1, but Calipari had said since then that Poole and his family were reviewing the situation carefully to make the best decision.
Two weeks later, the decision was made final.
"In Stacey Poole's case, I feel if he would have stayed, eventually he would have had a breakthrough and had his opportunity," Calipari said in his release.
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