New York, NY—Anybody in the Tri-State area who covers Seton Hall basketball knows about the athletic Myles Powell.
After the Knicks drafted Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley on Wednesday night, NY signed Seton Hall’s dynamo Myles Powell and invited him to their training camp. The All-American from Trenton, NJ will be getting a shot in the NBA not far where he played his college ball.
Powell, 23,won the Jerry West Award (top shooting guard) and Big East Player of the Year his senior year. He would’ve been a part of four straight NCAA Tournaments, had COVID-19 Pandemic not ended the tournament in March. This past season for the Pirates, he averaged 21.0 points and 3.4 assists while playing through an assortment of injuries but was the emotional leader on and off the court.
“He’s excited and ready for his next opportunity,” Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard told The Post in a phone interview. “Obviously, he wanted to hear his name called, but I think not getting drafted gives him a better opportunity.”
Powell a 6-foot-2 shooting guard will be invited to the Knicks’ training camp that begins Dec. 1 and will be signing him as an undrafted free agent. The deal is an Exhibit 10 contract, which comes with a $50,000 guarantee if he’s waived, and sets him up to play on the Knicks’ G-League team in Tarrytown. Powell, who is represented by CAA.
“Everything was positive,” Willard said. “They really liked him. They were high on him.”
Despite a stellar college career, not having a NCAA Tournament, no combine and no workouts to impress scouts diminished his draft stock.
Scouts did liked Powell before the draft, talked about his toughness, improvement over the last few years and work ethic. In his last two years, Powell carried the program finished his career third on the program’s all-time scoring list (2,252 points), behind Terry Dehere and Nick Werkman.
“He’s a big strong guard that is ultra-competitive and can score,” ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said this week over Zoom. “I wouldn’t call him a great shooter, but he’s a bucket-getter.”