Precedent is set
It seems like Powell is viewed as nothing more than a great college player. But he has the potential to break the four-year player stigma. Just like current NBA players Devonte’ Graham and Frank Mason III.
There’s no question at 6-2, Powell is undersized for the Association. Additionally, he carries the stigma of playing four years of college ball, which is “taboo.” Still, the Trentonian can use the alleged “lack of interest” by NBA teams and turn it into a positive.
While Graham and Mason were both selected in the second round and own prestigious hardware, along with valuable college experience, both guards have worked hard to put themselves in their coach’s rotations. Graham went from averaging 4.7 PPG his rookie year on the Hornets to 18.2 this season. Due to some injuries, Mason is still battling for minutes, but he proved that he can stick on an NBA roster.
As I mentioned before, Powell is an extremely coachable player. His number will hang in Seton Hall’s rafters one day. NJ.com’s Adam Zagoria spoke with ESPN’s NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony, who knows about Powell’s potential:
"“He can score and the NBA is really, really offensive-oriented right now,” ESPN draft guru Jonathan Givony told NJ Advance Media by phone. “Guys who can pull up from 30, 35 feet, they’re in demand, so the question is, when he gets around better players, is he going to show other parts of his game that probably weren’t his strength at Seton Hall? “His passing ability, his defense, his finishing around the paint, those are the things that are going to decide if he makes it because we know he can put the ball in the basket. It’s just there are a lot of players around the world who you could probably say the same thing [about].” More from Empire Writes Back Caesars New York Promo Code: Win $250 Bonus GUARANTEED on ANY Bet! Last Chance Caesars Promo: Claim $1,250 Bonus for ANY MLB Bet! Caesars New York Promo Code Gives TWO Chances to Win Betting on Your Yankees! PointsBet New York Promo: FIVE $100 Bonus Bets to Back the Yankees or Mets! Caesars NY Promo: $1,250 Bonus to Celebrate the Return of Judge!"
If Myles Powell goes undrafted, an NBA team will certainly sign him to a two-way contract or, at a bare minimum, offer him a Summer League tryout (if there is one at this point). But as teams continue to do their due diligence, scouts and executives will realize Powell has the makings of something special. It may take a few years, but don’t be surprised when the collegiate star breaks into the NBA.
Three teams who could take a flyer on Powell in the draft are the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, and Utah Jazz. He’ll need to continue working hard over the next few months to make a good impression.
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