On Wednesday, fans found out that redshirt freshman Pookie Powell had plans to transfer from Memphis after a disagreement with coach Josh Pastner about Pookie wanting to train with Frank Matrisciano (former conditioning coach at Memphis) in California over the summer.
With Pastner not liking the idea of Powell training with Frank made the 6-1 studded guard think twice about staying at Memphis. Powell’s father contacted local newspaper The Commercial Appeal to inform them that Pookie will stay at the University of Memphis.
As a senior at Dr. Phillips High School, Powell (6-1, 177) averaged 28 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Rivals.com ranked Powell as the No. 95 overall prospect and the No. 20 point guard among the other guards in the 2013 class.
With Powell staying at Memphis, he will be one of four guards to compete for the starting point guard position for next season. Redshirt freshman Markel Crawford (6-5, 185) didn’t play at all this past season after suffering a torn ACL during his senior year at Melrose High School. Dominic Magee (6-3, 180) from Helen Cox High School along with junior college player Avery Woodson from East Mississippi Community College (6-3, 195) will battle over the off season to start for the young and athletic Memphis team heading in the 2014-15 basketball season
Once the decision was officially made from Powell’s father, coach Pastner seemed relieved of the whole situation.
“I got big belief in Pookie,” Pastner said. “Pookie is two feet in. He’s on the caravan moving forward.”