Powell looks to lead Seton Hall to The Dance in 2019-20


Powell schools opponents, family

Myles Powell

Being first is a big deal to Myles Powell. Just ask his family.

After three seasons leading Seton Hall to the NCAA Tournament but getting no further than the second round, the Pirates’ star point guard considered ending his college basketball career early and declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. He eventually opted to stay in school for his senior season, citing the example he wants to set for his siblings.

“Going back to finish what I started & most importantly be the first one in my family to have a college degree,” Powell tweeted back in May. “LET’S GO WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.”

Such leadership is what coach Kevin Willard and the Pirates are counting on as they embark on the 2019-20 season as the preseason favorites in what looks to be wide-open Big East, with the conference’s preseason Player of the Year in tow.

Powell’s talent as bonafide scorer is unquestioned. He’s improved his scoring average each of his three seasons, topping out in 2018-19 at 23.1 points per game, and is considered a genuine threat from anywhere on the court.

What is in question is his playmaking ability and his consistency. Too often over his career, he’s sleep-walked through games only to catch fire in crunch time with a flurry of baskets. If he is to get the Pirates deeper into The Dance and to a Final Four berth, he’ll need to maintain his focus for 40 minutes a game.

Powell and the Pirates can be seen in action Tuesday, Nov. 5, when they open the 2019-20 season at home against the Wagner Seahawks in a game airing on Fox Sports 1.


Name: Myles Powell

Birth date: July 7, 1997

Birthplace: Trenton, N.J.

Height/weight: 6 feet, 2 inches/195 pounds

Teams: Seton Hall Pirates (2016-present)

Class: Senior

Position: Point guard

No.: 13

Honors and achievements: First-team All-Big East (2019); Big East Most Improved Player (2018); Haggerty Award for the New York area Division I men’s college basketball player of the year

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