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Monday / December 5.

Former Rutgers Wing Mike Poole to Iona

At about the same time that Eddie Jordan officially became the new head coach at Rutgers, another former Scarlet Knight moved on.

Mike Poole, a 6-foot-5 junior wing, pledged to Iona after visiting the campus Wednesday.

“Mike felt it was time to move on and get a fresh start after his experience at Rutgers,” his mentor, Nate Blue, told

“It had been a long, trying three years and he is very excited about moving on to a successful winning program at Iona. The Iona staff has known Mike since high school and he is very comfortable with them on and off the court.”

Poole averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.6 minutes last season as a junior.

He scored a career-high 18 points against Iona when Rutgers played the Gaels Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden, and Blue said he liked head coach Tim Cluess’ up-tempo style.

Poole is expected to apply for a waiver from the NCAA in order to become eligible for the 2013-14 season. Given the circumstances surrounding the Mike Rice firing at Rutgers, it is possible all the Rutgers transfers get waivers to play immediately.


Marshall’s DeAndre Kane and Alabama’s Trevor Lacey both announced they would transfer.


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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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