Georgia Point Guard Looking at Rockets

With just one point guard on the current roster, Toledo has a big need at the position. Head Coach Gene Cross already has a commitment from JUCO Chris Poellnitz for 2009, but bringing in a high school point guard prospect is also a priority for the Rockets.

Russell Powell is a basketball and football star at Newnan High School in Newnan, GA. He is rated as a three star basketball prospect by Scout.com.

The 5-9, 165 pound point guard averaged 19 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals per game as a junior on the Newnan basketball team last season. He also plays quarterback on the football team and has an offer from Air Force for football.

The University of Toledo is recruiting Powell for basketball, and the point guard has an offer from Coach Cross and the Rockets. "He is a very nice man," Powell said of UT Head Coach Gene Cross. He added, "he knows basketball, and he seems like someone who I could talk to about things off the court."

Powell's recruitment from Toledo comes directly from the hiring of Gene Cross as the new head basketball coach at Toledo. Cross started recruiting the point guard while he was an assistant coach at Notre Dame, and when he took over the Rocket program this spring he offered Powell a scholarship with Toledo.

Both head coach Gene Cross and assistant coach Brian Lloyd have been recruiting Russell Powell for the Rockets.

Along with the football offer from Air Force, Russell has basketball offers from Toledo, Harvard, and Gardner Webb. But where does Toledo figure in his recruitment?

When asked if he has any favorites, Russell told Rocket Digest "Toledo and Harvard, because they have been recruiting me the longest."

In fact, he plans on visiting Toledo's campus in August and he looks forward to seeing the progress of the Savage Hall renovation. "It will be one of the top arenas across the country," said Powell.

As a senior at Newnan this fall, Powell is expecting big things on the court. After a 20-10 record last season, Newnan returns all five starters for the 2008-09 basketball season. Powell hopes to utilize his speed and quickness as the point guard to help Newnan make a run at the state title.

While speed is his biggest strength, Russell has been using the summer to work on his perimeter jump shot and his strength. He plays on the World Wide Renegades AAU team, and feels that he has played really well this summer. "I've played against some good quality opponents and I think I played them pretty well," Powell told Rocket Digest.

With a visit to Toledo coming soon, a decision could be near. Sometime after making a couple of visits Russell told Rocket Digest he plans on making his collegiate commitment. Stay tuned to Rocket Digest as we keep you updated on Russell's recruitment.



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