Milwaukee Bucks: Getting to know new two-way player Myles Powell

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Delving into Myles Powell’s emergence as a star for Seton Hall

Powell’s arrival to Seton Hall didn’t immediately pave a path towards success for both the Pirates as well as Powell. Over the course of his freshman season, Powell got consistent minutes while primarily coming off the bench, but his scoring didn’t pop as it eventually would as he averaged 10.7 points on .392/.332/.817 shooting in 23.8 minutes per contest.

That certainly motivated Powell coming back for his sophomore season as he significantly improved his offensive productivity and scoring output while taking his place in the Pirates’ starting lineup for head coach Kevin Willard. By averaging 15.5 points on .433/.379/.789 shooting, Powell earned the 2017-18 Big East Most Improved Player award.

That would only prove to be an appetizer to Powell’s star turn over his junior campaign as he completely asserted himself as Seton Hall’s leader on and off the court.

Over his junior campaign, Powell averaged 23.1 points on .447/.363/.840 shooting, 4 rebounds and 2.9 assists across his 34 appearances. While the Pirates got bounced out of the first round in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, Powell managed to earn All-Big East first team honors by season’s end.

That may have been a tough act to follow, but Powell was well on his way to top such a landmark season at the start of his senior year. However, a sprained ankle and a concussion were among the injuries and hurdles Powell had to fight through over the course of the 2019-20 season.

Even with a limited and less effective Powell, the Pirates were well on their way to a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Powell, meanwhile, still managed to put up 21 points on .398/.306/.795 shooting, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists and took home All-Big East first team honors once again while receiving the Jerry West award and being named the 2019-20 Big East Player of the Year.

Unfortunately, Powell didn’t get the final act he wanted with the NCAA Tournament being cancelled as the coronavirus pandemic shut down the country last year. Powell’s time with Seton Hall may have ended on a note that no one could have anticipated, but he still managed to leave an indelible mark on the program as the school’s second-best scorer in history and much more.

The entire experience of being the hometown kid who made it big all while representing his school was everything Powell aspired it to be as he reflected to Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press in March of 2020:

"“I feel like I got everything out of college that you can possibly get,” Powell said. “I went about it the right way. I waited for my time. I’ve represented the university as best as I possibly can, my family as best as I can, my last name. I’m just thankful to be in this situation.”"