Today is a very exciting day for Hurricanes fans. Mike Poole, the 6'5" guard from Queens, NY who played his college basketball at Rutgers, has signed back with the club for the 2018-19 season.
"I'm excited to be back. The city of Halifax is amazing," says Poole, as he reflects on his return to the Hurricanes. "The people are awesome, and they love the Hurricanes. I've built great relationships with the fans, and can't wait to get bac out there and give my all."
Poole, who played the last two seasons with the club, has firmly entrenched himself in the Hurricanes family.
"We are extremely happy to be able to sign Mike for a third season," says Head Coach Mike Leslie. "His contributions to the Hurricanes success the last two years have been huge. He came off the bench and provided instant energy at both ends of the court. Mike has a very high basketball IQ and he recognizes and is able to make plays at key moments in big games. His contributions to the team extend well beyond the offensive stats he posts as he anchors defensive rotations and unselfishly will play a variety of rolls to provide what is needed for the team at any given time."
In 56 games last season Mike averaged 12.1 points per game, 5.6 rebounds, contributing 1.5 assists and steals per game, while shooting 36% from the 3 point line.
"On top of that, Mike is just a really good person," Leslie adds. "His commitment to basketball is unquestionable but his lifestyle choices and dedication to being a great person garner instant respect from teammates, coaches and fans. He shares a passion for basketball and life and is a very positive person to have in the locker room and on the court. We are very fortunate to have Mike back with us this season."