McDonald’s Poole is eighth Blue Devil over 1,000 points

Special to Tribune Chronicle McDonald senior Braedon Poole, center, was honored before a recent Blue Devils’ game for scoring 1,000 points in his career. On hand with Poole were, from left, McDonald coach Jeff Rasile; Poole’s grandmother, Debbie Bigley; high school Principal Gary Carkido and Superintendent of schools Kevin O’Connell.

McDONALD — When Braedon Poole started playing basketball, he never had scoring 1,000 points in his high school career on his mind. He recently became the eighth boys basketball player in McDonald High School history to achieve that milestone.

“My coaches have always believed in me. They put me in my sophomore year in varsity games and expected a lot out of me,” Poole said. “Mostly this has been about them believing in me and my abilities on the court.”

Poole has been a major part of an explosive offense at McDonald, along with a lot of winning in his three varsity years.

As sophomore, Poole averaged 12 points per game off the bench. During his junior year, he increased his scoring to 18 points per game while becoming a starter. His ascension only continued into his senior year this season.

Poole is averaging 25 points and 12 rebounds as the Blue Devils are currently 11-1.

“He’s been vital to this program. He’s been here for a lot of winning and he’s been part of the reason,” McDonald coach Jeff Rasile said. “His sophomore year, we went 23-4 and he had his best game in the postseason tournament. He showed us that he belonged with this group.”

Rasile said that ever since that game against Lowellville back in 2016, Poole has been on a natural ascension to the spot he is in.

Part of Poole’s great play is his length. At 6-foot-5, this doesn’t make him particularly huge, but he plays bigger with a 6-8 wingspan.

“He does a great job on the boards for us. A lot of his scoring comes from his rebounding. He also has those long arms on defense and gets his hands on a lot of passes,” Rasile said.

Poole scored his 1,000th point against Western Reserve on Jan. 9. He scored 36 points in that game.

“Crashing the boards has always been the way for me. Doing the dirty work and just getting my points however I can get them,” Poole said about the style in which he scores. “If everyone else isn’t clicking, I have to do my thing.”

Besides the personal accolade for Poole, he has his eyes set on something more.

“Beside winning a district championship and trying to get a state title, getting a thousand points was something I wanted to do,” Poole said.

Rasile believes that Poole’s attitude and personality have put him in the position as well.

“He’s a great kid and he’s low key. He’s by no means a vocal leader and that’s not a bad thing,” Rasile said. “That’s his personality. He just doesn’t say much. He just plays hard and that’s all we ask of him.”