February 10, 2017

Poole to be inducted into Saint Martin's Hall of Fame

Blake PooleFormer Bellingham Slam all-star center Blake Poole will be honored this weekend by his alma mater, Saint Martin’s University.

Poole, who played four seasons with the Slam from 2011 through 2014, will be inducted into the Saint Martin’s Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 11.

Poole’s contributions for the Slam cannot be understated. He helped re-shape the Slam’s offense upon his arrival in Bellingham, providing a key low post presence even during his rookie year. Named an International Basketball League all-star all four seasons for the Slam, Poole averaged a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds per game over the course of his IBL career, the only player in team history to accomplish that feat.

With a knack for coming up big when it mattered most, Poole was instrumental in helping Bellingham capture three straight IBL Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was named MVP of the 2013 title game after posting 21 points and 13 rebounds in a narrow victory over the Vancouver Volcanoes.

When he wasn’t suiting up for the Slam, Poole was putting in work overseas. Between his IBL seasons in Bellingham, he played four seasons overseas with teams in Germany and Portugal. Poole was named Germany’s Center of the Year for the 2013-14 season by following an outstanding year with BG Dorsten, averaging 16 points and 13 boards per contest.

Poole was originally signed by the Slam in the spring of 2011 immediately after completing his collegiate career at Saint Martin’s, where he was one of the top players in program history. With the Saints, Poole earned numerous Great Northwest Athletic Conference accolades, including 2007-08 Newcomer of the Year and 2010-11 GNAC Player of the Year.

As a senior for the Saints, Poole proved he could be more than just a scoring and rebounding threat, finishing his final college season ranked first in five statistical categories: points, rebounds, field goal shooting, steals and blocks.

Poole will join seven other former Saint Martin’s athletes at Saturday’s Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor ceremony and celebration, which begins at 3:30 p.m. at the University’s Norman Worthington Conference Center.

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