It has been a busy summer for ESPN 100 point guard Rashawn Powell. He took part in both the Deron Williams Nike Basketball Skills Academy and LeBron James Skills Academy, and he has played in multiple AAU tournaments, most recently the Peach State Invitational.
Powell seems to improve every time he gets on the floor, and college coaches are starting to notice. University of Alabama head coach Anthony Grant has been so impressed with Powell's play this summer that he offered the Florida native a scholarship.
“It felt good,” Powell said of the offer. “I had played in front of the assistant coach, and I felt like I needed to wait for the head coach to see me play. I just felt like I needed to go harder. When the head coach offered me, I just felt like I did pretty good in front of him, and that’s why he offered.
“I talked to [Grant], and he broke it down to me about what he wants, how my style of play fits his style of play. He was just telling me how I would fit in their program.”
Since the offer, Powell says Alabama has really turned up its interest level in him. The two sides talk almost daily. He says he’s also hearing a lot from Florida State, Memphis, Murray State, Oklahoma State and UCF, among others.
At this point, all of the schools remain even, but it’s no secret that Powell was hoping to land the offer from the Crimson Tide.
“I like the coaches. That’s the No. 1 thing,” he said. “They’re showing a lot of interest, and they’re showing that they really want me to go there. I’ve watched them a lot. I know how their style of play is for a guard and how they get them involved.”
The 6-foot, 170-pound point guard has one last AAU tournament this weekend in Las Vegas, but he plans to narrow down his list when he gets back.
“I’m going to have to talk my parents -- my dad, my uncle, my mom -- about how I feel about each school,” Powell said. “What are the likes and dislikes? I’ll take my visits and go from there.”
Powell hasn’t visited Tuscaloosa yet, but he says it might well be one of the trips he takes in the fall.
The Alabama coaching staff is expected to be in Las Vegas to see him play, along with other interested schools, and when coaches are watching, the Florida Assault point guard turns up his game.
“I think it’s real important because I have head coaches there and people coming to watch me, so I have to show everybody why I’m the type of player to go there. I feel like I just have to do my thing out there.”