Former Seton Hall University sensation Myles Powell has signed a free-agent contract with the New York Knicks.
Powell went undrafted in Wednesday’s draft, which shocked observers as projections were for him to be a late second-round pick.
The 23-year-old, 6-foot-2 guard has had a distinguished college basketball career with the Seton Hall Pirates. He led the Pirates to four consecutive 20-win seasons, reviving the Pirates’ national prominence. Amassing 2,252 total collegiate career points has made him the ninth most prolific scorer in the Big East Conference’s history.
Powell posted 17.5 points, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game in four years at Seton Hall. As a senior, he averaged 21 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He was first-team All-American, Big East Player of the Year and Jerry West Award Winner as the best shooting guard.
Experts say that Powell’s main weaknesses are his height and inconsistent defense. Questions have always been raised about his ability to defend at pro level and he has also been known to be occasionally careless with the ball. In his last two seasons at Seton Hall, he recorded around three turnovers per game.
But Powell has always proved his critics wrong and surpassed expectations time and again. Especially after going undrafted, he may need to prove a few more things on the world’s biggest basketball stage. And the New York Knicks will be all the better for it.