BB RECRUITING: High Powe-tential

Leon Powe makes strong showing at the City of Palms...

Powe, Surratt Key Rout

The first half belonged to Fresno State-bound point guard Armando Surratt. The second half was all Leon Powe and there was plenty to go around.

Oakland Tech routed Abramson of New Orleans, 85-58. Powe scored a game-high 27 on 13-for-16 shooting and hauled in 9 rebounds. Surratt scored 18 and made 4 first half 3s.

The junior power forward was dominant in this one. Abramson forward Warren Scott is a good prospect. But, against Powe he wasn't going to score on the blocks in a straight up man-to-man situation. Meanwhile, Powe was causing havoc at both ends. He turns and faces so well for a kid his age and his game is advancing rapidly. He can put the ball on the deck and power dribble past defenders. He has no qualms about facing and sticking medium-range jumpers and of course, he's tough on the glass with his long arms.

Surratt was the big gun early. The Abramson guards just couldn't keep him in front of them off bounce and once he got it rolling from downtown the rout was on. He finished 4-for-6 from deep. The book on Surratt is he's very fast, can shoot it, will find guys in traffic and sometimes the fast pace will lead to turnovers. But in taking the good with the bad, he's pretty talented and should play early for the Bulldogs.

Powe's list reads Kentucky, Duke, California, Kansas, Louisville and Arizona. Florida assistant Anthony Grant was in attendance and you can bet the Gators will be looking to enter the mix for this Donnell Harvey clone with offense. Meanwhile, Kansas scored the extra bonus points as head coach Roy Williams was in attendance.

So far, 2001 has been a big season for Powe. He's averaging close to 30 a night and he's honing his game as we said earlier. "I've been working on it all. You noticed?"

Yep. It was hard not to.

More from the City of Palms is on the way later!


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