The Pirates lost Isaiah Whitehead and Derrick Gordon, but through recruiting have possibly found some pieces to fill those holes. One of them is Trenton, N.J. product Myles Powell who will look to help fill the gap on the offensive end with his range.
Powell was a four-star recruit coming out of high school according to ESPN and made their top 100 list for the Class of 2016. Coach Kevin Willard loves his shooting ability in addition to his ball handling and character on and off the court.
In high school, Powell started off at Trenton Catholic where he averaged 18.5 points per game as a sophomore and 17 points per game as a junior. Then he moved on to South Kent School where he played for Kelvin Jefferson.
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During his AAU career, Powell played for the NJ Playaz under Coach Jimmy Salmon and performed well. Last summer, the guard averaged 18 points per game and played well in the Nike EYBL Peach Jam where he averaged almost 20 points per game in that event. Powell also won the Big Stick Classic three-point shooting contest during that same summer.
If you have heard of the NJ Playaz before that might be because other notable players have suited up for them including Kyle Lowry, former Seton Hall Pirate players Fuquan Edwin and Eddie Griffin as well as NBA legends Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter.
Obviously, the shooting part of Powell's game is what makes him so attractive and many believe that NJ's third ranked player in the class is one of the best shooters in the top 100. ESPN's scouting report of Powell also speaks kindly of his shooting prowess.
"Powell is one of the best three-point shooters in the country. He's virtually automatic when his feet are set and already owns range out to the NBA arc."
That's right. "Virtually automatic when his feet are set."
One issue that did hinder Powell during last season was a broken left foot that he suffered way back on Oct. 18. It was towards the end of the season and Powell told SNY's Adam Zagoria that he was advised to take a few weeks off. Zagoria's story, which was published after Seton Hall's Senior Day win over then fifth-ranked Xavier, also mentioned prior quotes made by Powell's AAU coach Salmon and high school coach Jefferson who both said that he is the best shooter in the country.
Powell has already spent tons of time with current Seton Hall players since last season and has already been working out on campus to get ready for next season. That comfort level will certainly help him to fit in quite nicely on campus and on the court as well.
With Whitehead's great shooting now helping the Brooklyn Nets, the Pirates need to refuel and they may have done so with the perfect player to fill part of that huge gap left in the team.
We know that guard play is so important come March and if Powell can progress like the program hopes he can we could see some great things from him this season.