Myles Powell is entering his senior season with sky-high expectations and Seton Hall will go as far as he takes them.
There’s one college basketball team down in New Jersey that wants to make some noise this season. After four straight NCAA Tournament berths with just one win to show for it, the Seton Hall Pirates are looking to make a deeper run into March this season.
If they’re going to have any shot of success, the Pirates will need Myles Powell to take them there. The senior guard decided to wait on his professional career for one more go at Seton Hall.
Now, Powell is the Big East Preseason Player of the Year.
— Seton Hall Basketball (@SetonHallMBB) October 10, 2019
Powell averaged 23.1 points per game as a junior and his scoring prowess was on full display during postseason play. In three Big East Tournament games and one NCAA Tournament game, Powell averaged 26.3 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field.
Powell flirted with declaring for the NBA draft. He’s an undersized guard at 6-foot-2, who can score from anywhere on the floor.
The Trenton, NJ native could have tried to take advantage of what is expected to be a historically weak draft class, but he ultimately decided to return to Seton Hall to “finish what he started.”
So blessed & thankful to be where I’m at in life on & off the court !!!! Going back to finish what I started & most importantly be the first one in my family to have a college degree 🙏🏾 @SetonHallMBB LET’S GO WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 😤💙🏆
— Myles Powell (@Myles_MBP_23) May 29, 2019
It’s still unclear whether or not the return to college will hurt Powell’s draft stock. New York basketball fans can recall Shamorie Ponds as a local college player who returned for another season at St. John’s, which would ultimately hurt his draft stock.
On the other hand, a standout senior season could position Powell better for June 2020. His senior season begins on Nov. 5 when the Pirates host Wagner College in South Orange, NJ.