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The No. 1-ranked prep basketball player in Wisconsin is leaving Wisconsin.

Jordan Poole, a four-star shooting guard who is the top recruit for Michigan's 2017 class, announced last week he will transfer from Milwaukee's Rufus King High School to La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Indiana, for his senior season.

Poole told The Detroit News there were several reasons behind the move.

"Kind of just to get prepared for Michigan, as far as academically, for basketball reasons and also just life-wise," Poole said.

"As if I was going to school a year earlier."

La Lumiere is a private college-prep school, and Poole will live in a dorm on the campus.

He said being independent will help make the transition to Michigan that much smoother.

"Being able to be by myself, wake up by myself, make sure I get to class on time, workouts on time, stuff like that," Poole said. "To put it short – being more independent."

La Lumiere, which counts Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and comedian Jim Gaffigan among notable alumni, also plays a more competitive basketball schedule, which Poole is excited about. La Lumiere is scheduled to be featured in at least a half-dozen games on ESPN this coming season; it will play all over the country.

Poole, 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, averaged 18.2 points for King as a junior. At La Lumiere, he will join some of the other top basketball prospects in the nation, including Saginaw swingman Brian Bowen, who remains a top target of Michigan State and Michigan.

Poole can't sign his letter of intent to attend Michigan until November, but he said his senior-year transfer hasn't changed a thing. He's firmly committed to UM.

"Yeah, yeah, I'm not going anywhere," Poole said, laughing. "You guys don't have to worry about me."

Poole is ranked the No. 23 shooting guard in the nation by Scout.com and the No. 100 player overall in the 2017 class.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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