Julius Powell Spotlight

RALEIGH -- Julius Powell was a guest of honor at last year's Midnight event in Chapel Hill, and after hearing all the buzz from Newton-Conover (N.C.), <i>IC</i> made it a priority to check out the star sophomore at the AAU Super Regionals Saturday.

Powell and his Charlotte Stars squad routed the Wilson Tarheels Saturday evening at the Carnage Middle School gym in Raleigh, N.C.

The Stars built a 20-point lead in the first half, thanks in part to the play of Powell, who maneuvered well around the basket and pulled down some strong rebounds. He totaled 14 points and 12 boards in the first half, alone.

The second half was a sleeper, as the Stars ran clock in the third quarter and played virtual pickup hoops in the fourth. Powell did little on offense after the impressive first half, missing some deep threes and other difficult shots, but he thrived on defense in the fast break pace, registering six second-half blocks.

His final stat line read - 16 points (7-19 FG, 0-5 3pt, 2-2 ft), 13 boards, 6 blocks, 3 steals

Powell, who looks like a Jermaine O'Neal body double, is listed at 6-8 and 205 pounds, though that seemed like a high estimate of his weight. He's long, lean and athletic, running the floor well and showing a pretty good soft touch from short to mid-range. He's reportedly a good perimeter shooter, but didn't showcase that Saturday night. On first look, he appeared to be a player who, with added weight, would be a college "4" -- though his play in the open floor might suggest otherwise.

Considering Powell still has two years of high school left, it's quite clear he's a high major talent, as area schools have recognized. He gave a top three list of North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest and will be a candidate for the top player in the state in the class of 2005.

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