Rick Barnes and his staff have wasted no time filling out the roster for the 2021-22 Men’s Basketball team. Over the weekend, it was announced that Justin Powell, a Guard from Auburn, would be headed to Rocky Top.
Powell entered the transfer portal on March 9th after his Freshmen season at Auburn was over. Powell sat out the 2nd half of the season after sustaining a mild concussion agaisnt Texas A&M in January. Up to that point, Powell had played in all 10 games and started in 7 of those. He averaged 27.5 MPG, 11.7 PPG, and 44.5% from beyond the arc during that span.
Powell hails from Prospect, Kentucky, which is near Louisville. Powell was a bit of a journeyman in High School, playing for three different schools. He started his first two years playing at Trinity (KY) before heading to basketball prep school Montverde (FL) before returning to Kentucky to finish with his hometown school, North Oldham. He racked up all-league and all-state honors during his senior year and shot 59% from the field, which led him to be ranked the #1 player in Kentucky for the 2020 recruiting class.
If Powell had played the final 17 games and kept up his 3-Point Percentage pace of 44.2% throughout the season, he would have been ranked #6 overall in the country. Santiago Vescovi and Victor Bailey Jr. were the only Vols with over 100 attempts this past season, and their 3-Point Percentage was 37.3% and 33.8%, respectively.
Whether or not Powell will be able to suit up next season is still up in the air. The SEC has not determined how it is going to handle transfers within the conference. The ACC, on the other hand, is allowing transfers to play immediately. If the SEC follows suit, then you can expect to see Powell getting a lot of minutes next season, helping the Vols build a more potent offense.