Top ranked Thaddeus Young gets the bulk of the attention for 7-2 Mitchell High School in Memphis, Tenn., but Brandon Powell is putting together a very solid season. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound combo guard in the class of 2006 has a host of schools seeking his signature as well.
"Almost all the same schools that are recruiting Thaddeus are recruiting me, except for North Carolina and Duke," said Powell. "I like all of the schools. There is no one team that I like better right now. I'm looking at all of them.
"The ones that are recruiting me the hardest and have offered scholarships are Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, TSU, UAB, Clemson and Colorado. There are some more I think, but those are the ones I can remember right now."
After averaging 17 points per game as a sophomore, Powell is averaging 15 points and 7 rebounds per game so far this season. His best output of the year was a 28 point scoring outburst earlier in the year against rival Fairley High School, led by Anthony Mason, Jr. (St. John's) and Lawrence Kinnard (UAB).
This summer playing for Memphis YOMCA, Powell displayed the ability to knock down deep, contested jumpers and do all the little things like making the extra pass, defending, rebounding and taking charges. In fact, in his most recent game against Fairley, Powell claimed to have taken a mind boggling 8 charges.
A strong student, Powell has a 3.6 GPA and scored a 17 on his first attempt at the ACT. He will retake the test in February.