After four seasons at UCLA,
But he won't end up in Milwaukee. As part of an earlier deal to acquire
Powell never envisioned staying at UCLA for this long. He thought he'd be another one-and-done player, like teammate
"Coming in," Powell told
Powell did not find much playing time early on, but he gradually added to his game like pieces in a puzzle. He always had explosive athleticism, enough that then-UCLA coach Ben Howland saw a bit of
By his junior season, he had become one of the conference's best defenders and had more than enough ball-handling skills to play the small forward. Last season, he began to add more consistent perimeter shooting to his arsenal.
That will have to continue to improve, but Powell’s defense can be good enough to make an impact for an
On the ESPN broadcast, analyst Jay Williams said Powell could be an "elite defender."