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Myles Powell

School

Seton Hall University

Position
Guard
Major
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Classroom

Myles Powell has stayed true to his classroom responsibilities and progressed as he has gotten older. His cumulative GPA is just a shade under 3.3. Myles is now a two-time selection to the BIG EAST All-Academic team and received his first NABC Honors Court selection in 2019. He is excited to become the first person in his family to earn a college degree.

Character

Powell has the biggest heart of anyone that we know. Even though he is fierce on the court, Powell is friendly, warm, and caring off the court. He treats everyone that he encounters like family. He often takes pictures with fans after running into them in public or after games. In one team autograph session that ran longer than anticipated, he took a photo with every fan who asked for one, despite it meaning he had to stay longer. He has always said that he has a responsibility to be a role model for people that look up to him. He often gives his sneakers to fans after home wins, including once seeking out a specific fan in the stands who was battling an illness and had visited the locker room before the game. As captain of the Pirates, Myles has the respect of the locker room and everyone follows his lead. He is always giving his best effort in practice and spending extra time in the gym to get better.

Community

Community is a big part of who Powell is. He takes his Trenton and New Jersey roots very seriously and gives back when he can. In the past, he has volunteered for Walks for Team Walker, an organization run by Seton Hall alumnus Jerry Walker, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the children of Jersey City. Myles has also made hospital visits with his teammates to help sick children have a pleasant experience during difficult times. Although he intends to pursue basketball professionally after college, he has said that he would like to work with children in Trenton one day.

Competition

Powell is one of the top student-athletes in the country. He averaged 23.1 points during his junior season, 13th most in the nation, and his 784 total points scored were the most by a Pirate in the program’s history. He also set the program’s record for most three-pointers made in a season with 107. In the BIG EAST quarterfinals, he scored a new conference-tournament record 29 points in the first half during a win over Georgetown. He also was the Wooden Legacy MVP after averaging 25.3 points en route to the tournament championship and was the Garden State Hardwood Classic MVP after scoring 28 points in a rivalry win over Rutgers. In 2019 Myles was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection, the recipient of the Haggerty Metropolitan New York Player of the Year Award, and an Associated Press All-America honorable mention. Myles is now chasing 2,000 career points and is only 831 points away from Terry Dehere’s all-time Pirates record of 2,494. He has led Seton Hall to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and is aiming for a fourth this season. It would make him only the fourth Pirate ever to appear four straight times. He is averaging 17.5 points in NCAA Tournament games, the fifth-highest mark in program history. He is an Associated Press Preseason All-America selection and the BIG EAST’s Preseason Player of the Year.