Powell vs. other Big East stars
Per NBADRAFT.NET, four of Powell’s Big East counterparts protect to be selected in the NBA Draft. Villanova’s Saddiq Bey, who could end up a late lottery pick, was ahead of Powell in win shares: 4.9 (4th). DePaul’s Paul Reed, Georgetown’s Omer Yurtseven, and Marquette’s Markus Howard are all projected second-round selections.
Reed ranked sixth in the Big East with a 4.5 win share, and third in PER with 27.5. Both were ahead of Powell. Yurtseven ranked 19th with a 3.1 win share, but fourth in PER with 27.2.
Howard, Powell’s main conference foe, led the nation with 27.8 PPG. The 5-11 guard also shot an impressive 41.2 percent (121-for-294) from three-point field goal range. Howard can pull up from anywhere on the court and knock it down.
In a league driven by three-point baskets, Howard would be a welcomed addition as a three-point specialist off any bench. The four-year starter ranked first in the Big East with a win share of 5.8 and 29.2 PER.
Aside from his stats, Powell took home various honors in his career, including the 2019-2020 Big East Men’s Player of the Year and the 2020 Jerry West Award, given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to college’s top shooting guard.