Jordan Poole is the newest star in the Bay; a point emphasized after he agreed to a four-year $140 million extension. On his rise to superstardom, Golden State Warriors fans held up “Poole Party” signs supporting the young guard. The reality is that Dubs fans weren’t the progenitors of this phrase. Jordan Poole already had a solid fan base when he was in college.
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Poole was already a standout in his first year at Michigan. He was known for his 3-point shooting, superb finishing around the rim, and oozing confidence. He shot 37% from deep in his first year in Michigan and followed it up with a 36.9% clip in his sophomore year.
Jim Gosz, his high school coach, describes Poole’s game perfectly, per Mlive: "He's probably the most athletic kid in a non-athletic body, if that makes sense. He knows his limitations, but he'll embarrass you out there -- he has the 'AND-1' moves. He has all the pastry that goes along with the game."
Students at the University of Michigan appreciated Poole’s service to the school. So much so that ahead of a game against Minnesota, the U-M student section at the Crisler Center, the Maize Rage, organized a “Poole Party.”
Poole welcomed the kind gesture, especially since he was just a freshman. But he knows he had to express his gratitude by putting on a good show.
"To make it splash," Poole said. "I'm trying to hit a couple of threes. I think it's a super-high level opportunity for me, obviously being a freshman to have my own thing, I think, is pretty cool,” Poole said, per 247Sports.
From the looks of it, the Warriors are already setting up their franchise post-Stephen Curry. The 3-point king is 34 years old and is under contract until the 2025-26 season or when he’s 37. This will likely be Curry’s last season before he hangs it up.
Until then, Poole will likely be under Curry’s wing. This does not mean that Poole will become the next great 3-point shooter that has ever lived. Curry and the Warriors are smart enough to let Poole develop his own game and not become a spitting image of another player.
This makes things very exciting not just for Warriors fans but for NBA diehards as well. The Curry era is already in its tail-end. But as the adage goes, for every end, there’s always a new beginning. And we may be in for the “Poole Party” era.