La Salle picked up a transfer guard in Memphis freshman Pookie Powell, he announced on Twitter. The 6-foot-1 Powell will have to sit out the 2015-16 season, but he’ll have three years of eligibility remaining for the Explorers after that.
I will be headed to La Salle.. Thank God for my decision and I'm thankful for my parents for being here for me
Powell started 11 games as a freshman and averaged 4.3 points, 2.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game for the Tigers. He shot 37 percent from the field and 28 percent from 3-point range. Coming out of high school, Powell was a four-star recruit and the No. 95 overall prospect in the country, according to Rivals. La Salle might have found an impact guard who has plenty of time to grow within the program these next few years.
Memphis to lose two former top 100 recruits to transfer
Memphis announced on Wednesday that two players will be transferring out of the program: Nick King and Pookie Powell.
“Nick and Pookie both are fine young men and in good academic standing at the University,” said head coach Josh Pastner. “We support both players and wish them all the best.”
King, a 6-foot-7 wing, is a former top 50 recruit that averaged 7.2 points and 4.8 boards this past season for the Tigers, starting seven games. It was his second season with the program. Powell, a freshman, started 11 games and averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 assists this year. He was a top 100 recruit but was not academically eligible last season.
King is a Memphis native that played on the same AAU team as Murray State star Cameron Payne. Powell is from Orlando and nearly transferred out of the Memphis program last April.
Carleton erased any thoughts that Saturday night’s win over Memphis was a fluke after defeating the Tigers for the second time in four days. On Tuesday night, the Ravens ran away with a 92-60 victory over Memphis in Ottawa, Ontraio.
On Saturday night, the Ravens jumped out to an enormous first half lead. They would eventually hold on to an 86-76 win after Memphis outscored them by 16 in the second half, and limited them to only 36 percent shooting. But on Tuesday, Carleton turned a 13-point halftime lead into a 32-point victory. And if you were following L. Jason Smith, of the Commercial-Appeal, who was inside the Ravens’ Nest, live tweeting the blowout loss, you know Carleton guard Philip Scrubb was the star once again.
After scoring 35 points in the first game, the 6-foot-3 guard dropped a game-high 30 in the second meeting. He torched the Tigers in both games, shooting a combined 21 of 36 from the field and 10 of 19 from beyond the arc. Pookie Powell had a team-high 13 for Memphis followed by Chris Hawkins off the bench with 10. Austin Nichols did not play again.
For Carleton, this ends an impressive ends an impressive nine-day stretch. Carleton, the Canadian powerhouse that defeated Final Four-bound Wisconsin last summer, beat Vermont and UIC as well. The only loss Carleton suffered was a 10-point loss to Indiana to start the annual showcase. Scrubb did not play, as he was with the Canadian national team.