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Monday / July 22.
  • Seton Hall’s Myles Powell impresses at G League Elite Camp, has more NBA workouts coming

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    CHICAGO — Myles Powell stands at the crossroads of his future and there’s no telling which way it will go.

    The 6-foot-2 Seton Hall junior guard impressed NBA personnel here at the NBA G League Elite Camp on Monday and Tuesday and still has more NBA workouts coming up.

    “It’s been amazing just being around all the NBA guys, playing my game and showing everybody what I can do,” the Trenton, N.J. native said Tuesday at Quest Multisport after putting up 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting and 5-of-10 from deep as his team improved to 2-0.

    “I had a great team, we’re the only team that’s going to leave here with two wins so I was on a winning team. I contributed a lot. I had the team-high with 23 today so it’s great.”

    Powell has already worked out for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks and has more workouts coming up. He met here with Denver, Atlanta, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Utah, Memphis, Phoenix, Orlando, Brooklyn, San Antonio and Detroit.

    “The guy makes a lot of shots,” one NBA scout in attendance said Tuesday.

    Said a second NBA scout in attendance: “He can score, he can flat out score. You just want him to develop into a point guard more so than just a scorer.”

    Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard was on hand to support Powell both days before returning to New Jersey for Senior Night festivities. After Monday, he told Powell that he was holding back and Powell came out Tuesday “and I got after it right from the rip.”

    “He played good,” Willard said Tuesday. “I mean, he should play good. I mean, it’s a glorified pickup game. The funny thing is you get to see why people get fired, if they’re evaluating off a pickup game.”

    Powell averaged 23.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists last year at Seton Hall en route to winning the Haggerty Award. He is now taking advantage of the new NBA rules to test the waters with an agent, Sam Permut.

    “There’s a lot that goes into this, you gotta make sure you’re going to get a roster spot, you’re going to get signed,” Willard said. “It’s more than just someone liking you. You gotta be guaranteed a roster spot. You’re not going to leave college to go play in the G League.”

    Willard says Powell has yet to receive any guarantees from NBA teams.

    Some of the standouts from this G League event will be invited to the main NBA Combine beginning here Thursday. Powell was hoping for an invite, but found out later Tuesday he did not receive one.

    “Yeah, I am,” he said before the news was announced. “I had a game-winner yesterday and I had a great showing today. But if I don’t, I came out here and I did what I had to do and I know I’m going to have a lot of workouts after this.”

    Powell has until May 29 to decide whether or not to return to campus. Seton Hall could be a top-15 type team if he returns.

    “I gotta see if I get invited to the next combine,” he said. “There’s still a lot going on for me right now to say what’s going on. Hopefully, by the end of this week or the next two weeks we’ll get close to finding out. It’s getting close to the 29th when we have to make a decision.

    “I’m going to sit down with my family, take in all the information that I have and if anybody offers me anything, I’m just kind of going with the wind right now.”

    He added: “I’m still keeping both of my options open and whatever God has in plan for me, that’s what I’m going to take.”

    Willard would love for Powell to come back, but says he won’t make any roster moves one way or the other.

    “There’s no evaluating [for me], it is what it is,” Willard said. “I’m not adding anybody. I have 12 other guys coming back. “

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.