We had a chance to talk with Powell recently about his commitment and he said there were a few reasons that he chose the Bruins.
"The coaches were telling me that they want to get back to playing up-tempo and they felt that I would be good in the open court," said Powell. "I feel like I do well in transition, so that was a plus. Also, it's close to home, but not too close. And then the UCLA education as a whole is something that's really important."
Powell said he narrowed his recruitment down to three schools at the end.
"It was mainly UCLA, Arizona and San Diego State," said Powell. "Then when Arizona got Nick Johnson it was just San Diego State and UCLA."
Powell said he has a few parts of his game that he wants to work on before he gets to college.
"I want to get better with my ball handling and the arc on my shot," said Powell. "And the coaches want me to work on not dipping the ball when I go into my shot."