Pookie Powell was the last piece to the puzzle to be added to the Memphis Tigers for the upcoming season. People were waiting and waiting on the status of Powell during the entire summer. The wait is officially over and Powell has officially enrolled in school and started class on Wednesday. Now, there are a total of six players in the class of 2013, which ranks No. 2 in the nation. Josh Pastner broke the news to the public on Tuesday.
The 6-1 point guard out of Orlando, Fla., will be a redshirt freshman this upcoming season, meaning do not expect him to play at all for the Tigers. While he will be sitting out, he will still have four years of eligibility left and can take off as Pastner’s premier guard in the 2014-2015 season.
“It’s the best thing for him,” said Pastner on the status of Powell. Powell was ranked No. 95 in the nation by Rivals.com in the class of 2013. Powell had an awesome senior season at Dr. Phillips High when he averaged 28 points, five rebounds, and four assists a game. On Powell’s academic status by the NCAA, Pastner didn’t comment on the situation.
As of right now, it is not clear whether or not Powell would be allowed to practice with the team. But there’s good news for Memphis. The good news is that Pastner will not have to recruit Powell all over again. He could have easily went to a junior college for one season and reopened his options of schools to attend. Powell would have most likely been a hot commodity coming out of junior college. Memphis will definitely need him after next season when they lose their three talented guards in Joe Jackson, Geron Johnson, and Chris Crawford. Oh yeah, let’s not forget about Michael Dixon from Missouri. Memphis is still playing the waiting game on the status of Dixon.
With or without Dixon, Powell would not have played a lot of minutes because Pastner has so many weapons to use at the point guard position. If Powell is not allowed to practice with the team, then that’s okay. He will have a full year to learn Pastner’s system and what it will take to win at Memphis. He will also learn how to handle life as an student-athlete. Maybe at times he can play pickup games with his teammates.
Powell was not available for comment, but he did leave something on Twitter for people to read. “Tiger nation I’m on the way.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.