Leon Powe Chasing State Title

Leon Powe still has North Carolina high atop his list, but the Oakland Tech (Calif.) junior power forward has other things on his mind for the moment.

The 6-8, 230-pound Powe, who is averaging 29.5 points and 14 boards per game this season, is four wins away from a state title. Oakland Tech will face St. Mary's on Saturday in the Northern California Division I semifinals after an 80-61 victory over Vallejo in the opening round on Wednesday night.

Powe had an off-night against Vallejo, missing on six of his first eight shots from the field. He finished with 27 points and 15 rebounds.

Powe is a man among boys. He's the ultimate warrior, battling for every loose ball and rebound. At the Adidas ABCD Camp, he was the second best player behind only LeBron James. Kendrick Perkins may be a better NBA prospect, but Powe could be the top player from the Class of 2003 that actually ends up on a college campus.

While he showed most of his dominance by outworking his opponents in the paint, Powe is versatile enough to be able to bury the 18-footer on a consistent basis. He's also worked substantially on his footwork this entire season.

He will get down to business with recruiting after the end of the postseason, as well as hit the weights for the first time in his life.

"I know Duke and North Carolina are one of my top picks," Powe said. "Cal is in there also and so is Kansas and Florida."

Powe didn't stop there, either. He also mentioned Louisville, Maryland and Arizona.

"I really don't have a leader yet," said Powe, who plans to play with Oakland Slam ‘N Jam again this summer.

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