Despite finishing his Seton Hall career as one of the Pirates’ best players of all-time and being the 2019-20 Big East Player of the Year, Myles Powell is far from a lock to be drafted into the NBA.
Seton Hall had the potential of making the Final Four and hanging an NCAA Championship banner before the COVID-19 pandemic waylayed one of the most joyous times on the sporting calendar. The Pirates had it all: A phenomenal coach in Kevin Willard, fantastic depth, and perhaps the most essential ingredient, a star in senior guard Myles Powell.
Electing to stay in the Garden State after playing high school hoops at Trenton Catholic, Powell became an immediate fan favorite in Newark. Despite a stellar career, he hasn’t appeared on any credible first or second-round NBA Mock Draft projections. Although, Bleacher Report ranked Powell as the 45th best prospect in the draft.
Powell was the epitome of a coachable player. The guard raised his scoring average every season. Going from 10.7 points per game (PPG) as a freshman to a Coronavirus shortened senior campaign that ended with 21.0 PPG, which ranked 17th among qualified men’s Division I players.
However, NBA teams may view Powell as a one-dimensional player. Aside from knocking down clutch buckets, the Seton Hall star is not a pure point guard nor a small shooting guard. During his collegiate career spanning 129 games, the Trenton, NJ native averaged 2.3 assists. Amongst 136 Big East players in 2019-2020, Powell ranked 19th with 2.9 dimes per game.
Analytics show that Powell is slightly above average. He ranked 14th among Big East Conference players in win shares, a metric that estimates the number of wins a player contributed based on his offense and defense. Yet, the 2019-2020 Wooden Award Finalist ranked fifth in the conference amongst players with 25 appearances or more, with a 22.3 player efficiency rating (PER).