Dwigh Powell, most underrated draft prospect from PAC 12
Every year, there seems to be a guy or two from the PAC 12 that I'm really high on, more so then most. Last year, in my PAC 12 blog for this site, I ranked Dwight Powell as the #2 pro prospect in the conference behind only shabazz. Dwight is going into his senior year at Stanford. Most people think if a guy is senior, then his upside is limited. Dwight is the exception. His first 2 years( when this site had him briefly as a lotto pick) at Stanford, he was viewed as a skinny 6-10 sf similar to Austin daye. A guy who had solid face up skills and height which caught peoples eyes, but he was soft down low and didn't really have the perimeter skills to be a wing. But Dwight emerged last year as a junior. He averaged 15 and 8.5 rebounds. In 20 conference games, he scored double digits 20 times showing consistency not allowing anyone to hold him to single digits despite the primary focal point of defenses. He was bigger( 235 lbs) And showed greater physical and mental strength attacking the rim. He is, and always will be, a face up forward who shoots jumpers and takes guys off the dribble more so then a traditional post up big, but he has also improved very much in terms of strength and playing through contact which should allow him to play pf at the NBA level.
Dwight is athletic, can hit jumpers, and attacks the rim hard. I fully expect him to breakout this next and final season at Stanford. Right now, this site has him going 37th overall and DX has him going 35th. Personally, I think once teams get to work him out and see first hand what this guy can do, he will be in the 15-20 range. Dwight was the best player on canadas junior team this past summer, the same team that beat USA, and I think pro scouts should have noticed him stand out amongst the comp.
you are right that he's underrated. i like jahri carson from the conference for obvious reasons, but dwight powell is not someone to go to sleep on. and i know you know your pac 12 as much as anyone, i would suggest others to listen up on this one.
That would be Randle. Playing with better talent did allow Powell to show more of his game, though. 35-40 is probably his best draft hopes.
Looks really good and highly skilled. At 235 lbs and athletic, he is perfect for the new pf position that the nba is transitioning to (athletic and stretch) but also looks like he could hold his own come playoff time when you gotta bang in the paint.
I got to agree that in predraft workouts he should shine, especially with him being ranked lower as of now, he will probably participate in most drills and start the hype train
I personally don't think he's underrated. This site has had him in as a either a lottery pick or a high first rounder before. He has the tools to be successful. He could very well have a huge year for Stanford this year.
I think he may have actually been the projected number 1 pick on this site for about a day a long time ago.
That chris brown lookin dude is softer then a baby"s bottom.. No way he goes in the top 20 maybe late first
S? Lol you obviously didn't watch him last season as he backed people down as well as bang on them and how he punished Richard Howell from N.C State
Powell has the tools to make some damage in the PAC-12. Tools he's had since he was a freshman. There's moments he looks really good, then disappear for the rest of the game? I hope his senior year he can become that star PAC-12 player. I member when he was a incoming freshman, he got alot of ink.
Actually scouts already know about him and like him very much. Three teams are hoping to get him in the first round. The mock drafts are pretty much just watch writers think a player might go with no real info just opinion. As far as focal point you were right he was the focal point and first option, Randle was the second option. Powell would have put up even better numbers but he tends to get in foul trouble often due to dumb fouls ( someone gets a offensive rebound and he reaches for the ball. I can't wait until you all see how much better as well as bigger and stronger he has gotten. During the early summer he was the top player most nights on the Canadian Olympic team and ended up first in rebounds and second or first in points