2016 Rowlett forward Oliver Powell had been waiting for this call and it finally came.
“Honestly it’s been like a dream come true. When coach Brown talked to me he said, ‘Oliver hello.’ I said, ‘Who’s this?’ He said, ‘this is Larry Brown from SMU.’” Powell said. “My stomach just dropped and I said this can’t be real life. I’ve been waiting for this for so long for this man to call me or to get some mail from this school so it was a dream come true.”
SMU offered the local forward and SMU has everything Powell is looking for.
“One it’s local, but I’m too big on distance, but I do like the fact that it is local. Through word of mouth, I head they’re business program is really good and that’s what I want to major in,” Powell said. “They also have a good basketball program. The past two years, the basketball program has really been on the rise.”
Powell is familiar with Moody Coliseum and Crum, but not so much the entire campus.
“I’ve been to SMU for one game and then I was there in the gym to work out. When I went over there, it was for Houston, not SMU. I never really went around the campus. I just went to the stadium and that was it.”
It’s still a bit of a shock that the SMU offer is real.
“It was really exciting. I’m still trying to sum this all up at the moment. Once I found out they had interest in me, it was just really exciting.”
Larry Brown is a big pull for Powell, who likes how versatile the offense is in terms of the looks the Mustangs bring out to the floor.
“I just like Larry Brown a lot. I know he has a lot of experience and is a Hall of Famer,” the 6-8, 210-pound forward said. “As far as their offense, I like the way they run sets. I think I could really fit because I like that they like to play fast sometimes and then can play in the half-court set too. I can do either one so I wouldn’t be at a weak point as far as the offense goes.”
Abilene Christian, Illinois-Chicago, UT-Arlington, Chattanooga and Rice have offered the 2016 forward as well. There isn’t one that’s standing out because Powell is taking it slow.
“I’m pretty equal as far as the schools go. I’m considering all schools right now,” Powell said. “There’s not a school that I prefer at the moment because I’m just staying patient until the recruiting system is all done.”
With the Dallas Mustangs this summer, Powell is trying to work on handling the ball more with his long frame.
“Being comfortable with my ball handling because lately, I’ve been a little more confident as far as going coast-to-coast even with my opposite dribble.
“A good basketball program in a good conference and if I go there, I’m going to be able to play a relatively good amount of minutes in a system that fits my skills plus a good business program because that’s what I want to major in.”
This season for Rowlett, Powell averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and two or three blocks per game.
Powell expects to decide and sign in the early signing period.