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NEWARK — After a picture-perfect win following a two-loss trip in the AdvoCare Tournament, Seton Hall freshman Myles Powell said “Cheese” to Columbia as the Pirates eased past the Lions 95-71 behind Powell’s seven three-pointers.
The Pirates rookie – making his first career start – registered 21 points in the win and continues to provide consistent outside scoring to a team that shot just 34 percent from deep last year.
Head coach Kevin Willard sees the fruits of Powell’s labor over the long summer in the early goings of this season.
“He can play longer,” Willard said of Powell losing 45 pounds over the summer. “He’s not just shooting three’s, he’s getting to the rim, his game has really changed because he has worked so hard to change his body … Once I saw his dedication to his work ethic and how good he was, I sat there and said ‘the sky is the limit for this kid.'”
Go ahead and get the popcorn ready for this nationally televised matchup featuring these two Speedy Gonzales-type floor generals of undefeated teams.
The 6-foot-6 Ball is now projected as the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, while the 6-4 Fox is currently projected at No. 10. Expect a slew of NBA personnel and Draft experts to attend this game and also scrutinize it on TV.