If college basketball had some sort of Iron Man award, Mike Powell surely would have been a finalist last season. The then-sophomore logged 1,051 minutes over the course of the 2012-13 season, including every single minute of regulation on four different occasions. Oh, and one of those games was the double-overtime thriller at Auburn, when he played FORTY SEVEN of a possible 50 minutes. Biggie Minnis and E.C. Matthews are now in the fold, however, so Powell should get a bit of a break this season. It’ll be well deserved. A few more notes:
- Racked up double-figured in points 11 times last year, including a season-high 19 in a 60-55 loss to Seton Hall at Mohegan Sun.
- Led Rhody in both assists (3.9 per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5) in 2012-13. Powell tallied five or more dimes on eight different occasions, including a season-high (and matching a career-high) eight against UMass in the final game of the year.
- In his freshman year, MP was awarded Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors twice, coming in back-to-back weeks (January 2nd and 9th, 2012).
- Like most everyone on URI, Powell’s defense is no joke. He recorded a career-high six steals in Rhode Island’s 72-50 blowout of the SMU Mustangs.
The only question surrounding Mike Powell this season is… will he continue to be the starting point guard? Or will Minnis (or Matthews) assume the role for the 2013-14 season? If it were up to us, Powell would continue to start this year and beyond, but obviously Dan Hurley knows much better than we do. What do you think, Rhody fans? Is Powell starting or coming off the bench this season? Let us know in the comments.