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Prospect Breakdown: Jordan Poole

The ur-shooting guard with deep range and defensive limitations

Texas A&M v Michigan Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

This is the third of my breakdowns on the trio from the Michigan Wolverines. Charles Matthews and Ignas Brazdeikis were covered previously.

Jordan Poole

NCAA Basketball Tournament - West Regional - Anaheim Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Jordan Poole is a 6-foot-5, 195-pound true sophomore shooting guard from Milwaukee. According to MGoBlue.com, Poole is an “avid lover of cats [and] volunteers at animal shelters whenever possible.” He is the textbook definition of a mercurial shooting guard. He has legit NBA range from 3 and is a space cadet on defense. You may know him from this:

Strengths

  • Shooting. Poole went 115-of-311 from deep (37.0 percent) over his two seasons at Michigan, but that number is brought down by him being forced (and also choosing) to take some awful shots late in the clock, as the Michigan offense was not exactly a well-oiled machine.
  • No really, he has deep range. 40/110 (36.5%) on shots between 24 and 35 feet. Of the 40 makes, 24 were assisted (average distance 26.0 feet) and 16 were not (average distance 26.4 feet).
  • Excellent free throw shooter at 118-of-142 in his career, good for 83.1 percent.
  • Good, but not plus, athlete.
  • Just a high skill (offense) guy all around.
  • UPDATE: Strong hair and short short situation

Weaknesses

  • Mustache
  • Defense
  • Shot selection

NBA Offensive Style Comparisons

These comparisons are based off a complex spatial similarity score. They are meant to show who the player plays like - not what they project to be.

  1. D’Angelo Russell
  2. Jamal Murray
  3. Bryn Forbes
  4. Reggie Jackson
  5. Tyler Johnson

Outcome Probability

Figure 1: Jordan Poole as ultimate boom or bust profile

Highlights


Chart

Figure 2: Jordan Poole has legitimate deep unassisted range

Splits


Honors (via MGoBlue.com)

All-Big Ten, honorable mention (2019)
Big Ten Player of the Week (Dec. 3, 2018)
Academic All-Big Ten (2019)
U-M Academic Achievement (2019)
U-M’s Award for Outstanding Free Throw Shooting (2019)
Helped U-M set the program record for single season victories with 33 wins (33-8, 2017-18), and followed with a second straight 30-win season in 2018-19 (30-7)
Helped U-M win second straight Big Ten Tournament title (2018)
Helped U-M repeat as tournament champions, winning four games in four days and becoming just the third Big Ten team to win back-to-back titles.
Helped U-M to two straight NCAA Tournament and Sweet 16 appearances (2018, 2019)
Helped U-M to the No. 3 seed (West) and to the second Final Four and national title game in six years; in 2019, helped U-M to the No. 2 seed (West) and a third straight trip to the Sweet 16.

More Content

If you want more information on Jordan Poole from the authority on the subject, go check out MGoBlog, and in particular this short “goodbye” piece as well as other posts related to Jordan Poole.