School: Seton Hall
Height/Weight: 6’2 195 lbs.
The New Jersey native is a sharpshooter who has the capability of heating up like a microwave leading the Pirates of Seton Hall to the third spot in the Big East this season. Averaging 23 points and 3 assists, Powell is an intriguing draft prospect with a ceiling and a floor unlike any other. An undersized James Harden like player who can fill it up fast. The one thing everybody knows for sure is that Powell is a professional scorer.
Powell has had noticeable statistical jumps each year since arriving in South Orange that will bare well for him if he decides to enter the draft following the NCAA tournament. His range is elite and next level, and he proved that against Kentucky in an overtime win in December where he took over.
Powell had 42 points on six three pointers, while shooting 56% from the field. A smooth release and high arching shot with him being slightly undersized gives him an advantage over his opponent. Add on a 84% clip from the free throw line, and Myles Powell should be considered one of the best shooters in the nation.
Myles has an above average slashing ability that he has improved on since his freshman year. Constantly takes advantage of opponents playing up to stop him from pulling up. A scoring guard at heart, he continues to dominate defenses not only by putting the ball in the basket, but also by including his teammates as well. He’s an extremely high IQ player and the more locked in he becomes the better all around player he proves to be on the floor. The more talent that is placed around Powell, the more complete playmaker he will become.
The undersized guard has to improve defensively to be able to participate and receive consistent minutes from an NBA team. He has jumped in his steals per game compared to his first two seasons, yet his overall defensive game could use some work. He must improve on fighting over screens and sometimes just doesn’t have it in him because he is fatigued from carrying such a huge offensive load.
Powell has the elite ability to score, but he can tend to force his shot at times when he is not in rhythm. He has to be able to stay confident but also stay smart. Understanding when it might not be your night and choosing your spots when struggling in a game to get efficient shots and help his team while doing the little things is something he has to get more accustom to.
Although he is a high motor guy, you worry about his impact if he is not scoring. He has above average playmaking abilities, but the New Jersey native being a score first guard has you fearing that he might end up not being effective at the next level unless he can score at a high level.
Myles Powell has the potential to become an effective mid to late second round pick. With the right fit, he might be able to become an important piece for a playoff team if he is placed in the right position. He must become a better playmaker and defender to succeed at the next level. He’s already a pro scorer, but has to become a more well rounded professional player before stepping onto an NBA court.