Class of 2016 four-star point guard Myles Powell has trimmed his list of potential schools from eight to five, per SNY. Formerly a star at New Jersey’s Trenton Central High School and Trenton Catholic Academy, Powell recently transferred to Connecticut’s South Kent School and will decide between DePaul, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, UConn and VCU.
Powell may be on the smaller side at just 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, but he has already earned a glowing endorsement from South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson.
“Myles is one of the top long-range shooters in the country,” South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson recently told SNY.tv. “He can stretch the defense with his range but he has a good IQ and feel for the game. He can pass and crease easy baskets for his teammates.”
Given his skillset, he should be able to make an immediate impact at any of the schools on his list. UConn has already won a national championship under coach Kevin Ollie and should constantly contend in the American Athletic Conference (AAC), while Pitt’s slow pace could be ideal for him since he isn’t exactly the type to play run-and-gun. That makes VCU something of an odd choice, considering how the Rams played havoc under longtime coach Shaka Smart, who has since left for Texas. Still, his successor Will Wade has said that the style will remain.
Then, there’s Seton Hall, which has shown continual improvement under coach Kevin Willard and would allow Powell to go to school in his home state.
The odd team out is DePaul, who recently rehired coach Dave Leitao, the man who coached the team from 2002-2005. Oddly enough, he was the last man to lead the Blue Demons to an NCAA Tournament, back in 2004. The team has had a hard time competing in the Big East and could use an electrifying player like Powell to help take the program forward, but DePaul definitely can’t offer as much as the other schools on Powell’s list.
Just the same, Campus Sports will update Powell’s decision as more information becomes available.
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