University of Arkansas basketball signee Marshawn Powell has a smile on his face that is not likely to come off anytime soon.
That's because Powell (6-8, 250) – a top 50 player nationally according to Scout.com - found out on Thursday morning that he had been cleared by the NCAA and would be eligible to play for the Razorbacks next season.
"It's just the most incredible feeling and words can't truly express the joy that I feel," Powell said. "It seems like it's been a year waiting on this, but really it's only been a couple of days. I am so happy to be a Razorback and I can't wait to play for Arkansas."
Powell, who averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks last season for The Miller School in Charlottesville, Va., has admitted not worked as hard on his academics as his did his basketball game before transferring to prep school.
"It was the Clearing House that let me know I was eligible," Powell said. "We were worried about some courses that I had taken in high school and whether they would be approved, but they were. Also I got a good ACT score so it all came together for me."
Powell, who says he is indeed now 6-8, 250 after signing at 6-7, 230, expects to be on the University of Arkansas campus in the next few days.
"My plan is to be there Sunday," Powell said. "And yes, I am now that big."
For a basketball program that skidded to a 2-14 SEC mark after a 12-1 non-conference, this is the second bit of good news this summer.
The first one was all-SEC pick Michael Washington taking his name out of tonight's NBA draft and deciding to play his senior season for the Razorbacks.
"Michael is a great, great player and I am so happy he is coming back," Powell said. "I've seen him play on TV and love the way he goes about things. I just want to come in and help him out – grab a rebound, dive on the floor for a loose ball, score inside."
Powell will join junior college transfer Delvon Johnson (6-9, 220) and Anthony Borden (7-0, 230) as new inside guys to help out Washington inside.
Borden said earlier this week he was waiting on the results of a June 13th ACT score to know whether he will be eligible.
Powell will be able to play a couple of positions for the Razorbacks.
"I feel like I can come in and be an extremely hard worker and help at the 4 (power forward) and the 5 (center)," Powell said. "I can score, I can rebound and I am going to play as hard as I can and do whatever I need to that will help my team win."
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