2006 Focus: Brandon Powell

Brandon Powell has been playing second fiddle to Thaddeus Young at Mitchell High for a while now, but now it's only helping the junior guard in the exposure department.

When your teammate is Thaddeus Young, there's two ways you can look at it: As a negative, that the more publicized junior forward gets most of the headlines - or as a positive, that you not only get to play with one of the most talented guys in the country, but also get a chance to showcase your game in front of numerous big-time coaches coming to see Young.

Brandon Powell believes in the latter.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior guard is extremely versatile, showing that he can knock down the 3-pointer, get to the basket and also defend.

``He handles the ball a lot and has great three-point range," Memphis Mitchell (Tenn.) coach Jerry Johnson said.

Powell is averaging 17 points per game this season, a far cry from his start a year ago when he didn't even score his first point until more than a handful of games into the season.

``I got off to a slow start last year," Powell said. "Coach told me to relax. I was doing everything too fast."

Powell, who attended Adidas camp this past summer and boasts a 3.0 GPA, hasn't narrowed down his list of schools yet. He rattles off a list that includes Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Clemson, UAB, Stanford and Indiana. Johnson said that Oklahoma, Colorado and Memphis are also in the mix.

``I'm not sure yet," Powell said. "I'm just starting to get on the map nationally, so we'll see what happens."

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