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ZagNative
05-29-2010, 07:57 AM
I know, I know. Your head is going to explode trying to figure out what the staff has in mind for near-term recruiting, but 6'3" Shooting Guard Norman Powell popped up mentioning the Zags in a story on Rivals (subscription) today about the first day of the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions (http://louisville.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1089193) on Tobacco Road, and he's so intriguing, I had to post something about him.

Also showing very well for Dream Vision was Norman Powell. The four-star shooting guard from San Diego had the highlight of the night when he took the ball from half court, dribbled to the middle of the lane on the full sprint, and rose up with one hand and absolutely crushed a dunk on a Virginia Assault defender.

While that dunk was the loudest two points of the game for Powell, it was far from his only bucket. The physical guard is a very solid rebounder, and showed a great release on his deep jumper, and more often than not the shot was pure. Powell does need to improve his ball handling, but the stroke is there and so is the athleticism, and he put it on display with a big performance.

Norman Powell claims offers from San Diego, San Diego State, Arizona, and UCLA. Also he is hearing from UConn, UTEP, California, Washington State, Arizona State, Marquette, Georgetown, USC, Oregon, San Francisco, Fresno State, and Gonzaga.

Powell's team, Abraham Lincoln, won the CIF Division II championship in March, with a 29-2 record, per MaxPreps (http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/0ZqFB06-aUm-iyjAhxkzsA/lincoln-hornets/basketball/home.htm). Here is a photo from that game:

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/TAEqcCNt0OI/AAAAAAAA0ws/xDcSBLVyiqU/2010-03-26%20Normal%20Powell%20Div%20II%20CIF%20State%20ch ampionships.jpg

Rivals (http://rivals.yahoo.com/louisville/basketball/recruiting/player-Norman-Powell-113206):: #83 on Rivals 150, Four Stars

Scout: (http://scouthoops.scout.com/a.z?s=75&p=8&c=1&nid=4913042) Four Star.

ESPN (http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=102170&season=2011): Scout, Inc. Grade - 93
April, 2010: Powell is climbing up the recruiting charts faster than any other prospect out west. His jump shot is still a work in progress, but he's the best athlete out west and affects the game at both ends due to his hustle and savvy. He plays at a relentless pace and attacks the rim with a vengeance. A typical sequence would have him grabbing the rebound, leading the fast break, and either attacking the rim or delivering a nice assist. His handle is a bit raw as he relies on his athleticism to get through defenders. At the next level, defenders will be able to get into him so he'll need to tighten up his handle, particularly his left hand. His jump shot, on the other hand, has improved. He gets great lift on his shot, but overall his shot tends to more flat as he extends out to the stripe. Overall, he is an outstanding prospect that should end up at the high-major level.

Youtube Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz9zYRcMWro) - January 2010

No clue how recent the contact was, or what the staff might be thinking of if they pursue him, but he's sure interesting.

BroncoZAG615
05-29-2010, 09:24 AM
Ahhhh, recruiting in California. I wonder who's doing this... :)

BobZag
05-29-2010, 09:44 AM
This kid is really good. He'd be a nice get.

alldaye
05-29-2010, 10:44 AM
Wow looks like he floats to the rim. He'd be awesome.

cggonzaga
05-29-2010, 12:10 PM
His athleticism is ridiculous for 6'3". How serious is the interest on both ends? Back up plan for Pangos or whoever commits first type of thing?

deathchina
05-29-2010, 12:55 PM
I know you can't tell much from a highlight reel but he clearly has elite athleticism, and that's a big start.

BobZag
05-29-2010, 03:32 PM
2011 priority list is, to my knowledge:

Dranginis
Bell, Jr.
Wiltjer
Pangos

But recruiting is always sooooooooooo fluid. Who really knows? 2012 has nice guards to offer, ie, Anrio Adams, Duane Notice, etc. Whoever is best and fits best, that's who I want. Few & Co. know.

BobZag
06-04-2010, 05:48 PM
Grant Jerrett mentioned Gonzaga in a previous interview; I think we're in the "other conferences" category here--


"Recruiting is going really good," said Jerrett. "I am really enjoying it. There are a lot of schools. A lot of the Pac 10 schools, schools from the Mountain West, and a few other conferences."

And if the Zags are interested in Brandon Ashley, there is much work to be done--


Ashley, who plays with the Drew Gooden Soldiers, said recruiting is already picking up with the most interest coming from UCLA, Arizona, Washington, Stanford, Cal, Kansas and Georgia Tech.

ZagNative
06-05-2010, 07:50 AM
SSF posts a link to a Coast 2 Coast Recruiting story again mentioning a Gonzaga offer to Powell (http://www.coast2coastrecruiting.net/2010/06/norman-powell-on-ucla-visit-and-new.html):


http://lh6.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/TApkfdxu2XI/AAAAAAAA00Y/-0irFC26o28/2010-06-05%20Norman%20Powell%20SBN-1.jpg

What's up Next?

"Pangos All American Camp. Then we will see."

Powell also has offers from Arizona, UTEP, UCLA, San Diego, San Diego State, Fresno State and Gonzaga, and he is hearing from Southern Cal, Arizona State, UConn, Kansas and Oregon.

BobZag
06-05-2010, 11:17 AM
Rivals' Jerry Meyer:

LONG BEACH, Calif.- Another strong field of prospects hit the court at this year's Pangos All American Camp. One of the more impressive of the bunch was San Diego combo guard Norman Powell.

Norman Powell- A 6-foot-2 combo guard, Powell has a great combination of athleticism and skill. He is a force attacking the basket, has a smooth stroke from outside and has an impressive feel for the game. Rarely does he force the issue, but within his poised style of play he is constantly prepared to attack. Powell's stock is on the rise, and his recruitment will only expand over the summer.

zagboni
06-07-2010, 02:02 PM
2011 priority list is, to my knowledge:

Dranginis
Bell, Jr.
Wiltjer
Pangos

But recruiting is always sooooooooooo fluid. Who really knows? 2012 has nice guards to offer, ie, Anrio Adams, Duane Notice, etc. Whoever is best and fits best, that's who I want. Few & Co. know.

Have you guys totally lost interest in Kingma. I Went to the Quaker Summer Slam this weekend and in 4 games he went off for 54, 50, 40 and 44. Adams was there as well he is a stud, I think he hit for 50+ as well.

BroncoZAG615
06-07-2010, 02:04 PM
Have you guys totally lost interest in Kingma. I Went to the Quaker Summer Slam this weekend and in 4 games he went off for 54, 50, 40 and 44. Adams was there as well he is a stud, I think he hit for 50+ as well.

Sounds like the staff has (from a recent Rivals.com article):


Oregon, Oregon State, Boston College, Harvard and Pepperdine have shown more interest in Kingma, who said Gonzaga is slipping after it received commitments from four-star shooting guard Gary Bell and three-star point guard Kyle Dranginis.