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Jordan Poole
20181204 Jordan Poole at UM-NW game (14).jpg
No. 3 – Golden State Warriors
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1999-06-19) June 19, 1999 (age 20)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeMichigan (2017–2019)
NBA draft2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentGolden State Warriors
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jordan Edward Poole (born June 19, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines. He attended Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin through his junior year. Then, he transferred to play his senior season for La Lumiere School in La Porte, Indiana. He was 2016 first team All-Wisconsin selection as a junior and a member of the 2017 Dick's National High School Championship winner as a senior. At Michigan he was a member of the 2018 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament championship 2017–18 team. He is best known for a game-winning buzzer beater three-point shot that he made as a true freshman to help the 2017–18 Wolverines advance to the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament as part of their road to the 2018 NCAA Championship Game.

High school career[edit]

As a freshman at Rufus King High School in Wisconsin, Poole once made a game-tying three-point shot from off the bench.[1] Poole visited Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Drake and Marquette as a blue chip high school basketball recruit. Then, he visited Michigan for the September 26 football game between the 2015 Wolverines and BYU, receiving an offer that weekend. He returned to campus on October 17 for the rivalry game against Michigan State.[2] On October 23, 2015, four-star recruit Poole became the first commitment for the Class of 2017 after a home gym visit from head coach John Beilein and assistant coach LaVall Jordan and multiple Michigan campus visits. Poole had several competing offers including Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Memphis, Marquette, Virginia Tech and Auburn.[3][4][5][6] At the time of his commitment, he was the 92nd-ranked overall prospect and the 21st-ranked shooting guard in the national class of 2017.[2] As a junior, Poole was a 2016 WBCA All-State Boys Basketball first team selection.[7]

On July 1, 2016, Poole announced that he would transfer from Rufus King to the La Lumiere School in Indiana where he would experience a campus lifestyle, play a schedule with several ESPN broadcasts, and be teamed up with then-unsigned class of 2017 prospects Brian Bowen and Jeremiah Tilmon.[8][9] By the time Poole signed his National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for Michigan as part of a three-scholarship player incoming class with Isaiah Livers and Eli Brooks on November 11, 2016, he was the 90th ranked overall prospect.[10] Poole was a member of the 2017 Dick's National High School Champion La Lumiere team.[11][12] In the Dick's National Championship game, Poole posted 13 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds and 4 assists,[13] and shot 3–7 on his three-point shots.[14] The 13 points included a shot clock buzzer beater in the closing seconds of the third quarter.[11][12] La Lumiere, which included 2017 McDonald's All-Americans Bowen and Jaren Jackson Jr., defeated perennial power Montverde Academy, who was led by Canadian sophomore R. J. Barrett.[15] La Lumiere had lost the 2016 Dick National Championship game prior to Poole's arrival.[16]

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

Poole for the 2017–18 Wolverines

On December 2, Michigan defeated Indiana 69–55 in its 2017–18 Big Ten conference season opener with Poole leading the way with a team- and then career-high 19 points in his Big Ten debut.[17][18] On January 15, Michigan defeated Maryland 68–67. After trailing by 14 points in the first half and 10 points at halftime, Michigan was trailing by 7 points in the second half when they made 7 consecutive three-point shots, including three by Poole whose 11 points made him one of only two double digit scorers for Michigan.[19][20] For the February 3 contest against Minnesota, the Maize Rage (Michigan's student section) held a "Poole party" in the stands,[1][21] but Poole missed all four of his field goal attempts.[22] Poole finished the regular season with three straight double digit scoring efforts, making 9 of 12 three-point shots against (#8 AP Poll/#9 Coaches Poll)[23] Ohio State on February 18,[24][25] Penn State on February 21,[26][27] and Maryland on February 24.[28][29] On March 4, a victory over (#8 AP Poll/#8 Coaches Poll) Purdue gave Michigan its second consecutive Big Ten Tournament championship since the game was the championship game of the 2018 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament,[30][31][32] even though Poole slumped during the 4-game run, missing all 9 of his three-point shots.[33]

Poole for the 2017–18 Wolverines

On March 17, 2018, Michigan defeated (#21 AP Poll/#19 Coaches Poll) Houston 64–63 in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, following a game-winning buzzer beater three-point shot by Poole, giving Michigan its fourth Sweet 16 in six years.[34][35] The shot was described as nearly identical to the buzzer beater he had made a year earlier in the Dick's National Championship game.[11][36] Poole finished the game with 8 points and 2 rebounds,[37] but his only field goal attempt in his four minutes of play in the second half was the game-winner.[38] The play began with Michigan trailing by two points with 3.6 seconds remaining in the game and Isaiah Livers passing the ball from under the opposite basket to Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman near midcourt. After two dribbles Abdur-Rahkman threw the ball to Poole with 2 seconds left.[39] The term "Poole party" was widely used in the press as a play on words to describe the celebration of Poole's heroic shot.[39][38][40] In the March 31, 2018 national semifinal against Loyola–Chicago Poole had seven points, including the free throws that put the team the ahead for good after rallying back from a 10-point second half deficit.[41][42] The team lost in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game to (#2 Coaches Poll/#2 AP Poll) Villanova.[43][44]

Sophomore season[edit]

Poole for the 2018–19 Wolverines

On November 17, 2018, Poole's career-high 22 points helped Michigan defeat George Washington 84–61.[45][46] On November 28, Michigan defeated (#11/#13) North Carolina 84–67 in the ACC–Big Ten Challenge, as Poole contributed 18 points, including 5-for-8 three point shooting.[47][48] On December 1, Michigan defeated (#19/#18) Purdue 76–57 in its Big Ten Conference season opener. Michigan was led by Poole with a game-high 21 points, including 5-for-5 from three-point range.[49][50] On December 3, Poole was recognized as Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance against these two ranked teams.[51][52] On December 8, Michigan defeated South Carolina 89–78. Michigan was led by Poole with a career-high 26 points.[53][54] On December 30, Michigan defeated Binghamton 74–52. Poole posted 18 points, including a career-high six three-pointers.[55][56]On January 13, the 2018–19 Wolverines team defeated Northwestern to establish a school record for best start at 17–0 and tied the school's record 17-game win streak.[57][58] Following the season, he was a 2019 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection (coaches and media).[59][60] On March 23, Michigan defeated Florida 64–49 in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. Michigan was led by Poole with a game-high 19 points earning its third consecutive the Sweet 16 appearance and second consecutive one keyed by Poole.[61][62] Following the season, on April 9, 2019, Poole (along with teammates Iggy Brazdeikis and Charles Matthews) declared for the 2019 NBA draft with the intention of hiring agents.[63]

Professional career[edit]

On June 20, 2019, Poole was drafted 28th overall in the first round of the 2019 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.[64] On July 11, the Warriors signed all three of their 2019 draftees, including Poole.[65]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Michigan 38 0 12.5 .429 .370 .827 1.4 .6 .5 .2 6.1
2018–19 Michigan 37 37 33.1 .436 .369 .833 3.0 2.2 1.1 .2 12.8
Career 75 37 22.7 .434 .370 .831 2.2 1.4 .8 .2 9.4

Personal life[edit]

Poole is the son of Monet and Anthony Poole.[5] Poole has an older brother who attended Marquette.[2] He also has a sister and two cats.[66]

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