Dwight Powell, a standout at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, has made vast improvements on his game since his move to the Florida Academy, which has led to more college interest.
After his freshman season, Dwight Powell made the move from Canada to Brandenton (Fla.) to attend IMG Academy. According to the talented big man, that move helped take his game up a notch.
“It’s great,” Powell said about IMG. “It’s got to be the best place to get better for sure. The school is great and there are so many great coaches. You can’t not get better if you’re trying.”
“I’ve improved tremendously since I came him, even since last summer,” the 2010 prospect continued.
Playing in showcases and for Grassroots Canada in the summer, Powell showed off an impressive skill set. With moves inside and the ability to step out and knock down jumpers, he’s tough for defenders to keep in check.
“I’m trying to work on my overall skills and to be more of a threat from everywhere on the court,” he said. “I want defenders have to guard me everywhere.”
Already he claims a scholarship offer from USC, while there’s interest pouring in from Penn State, Stanford, California, Memphis, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, Marquette and Florida.
“It’s cooled down a little,” he said of his recruitment. “I’ve been getting a lot of mail, but there haven’t been many coaches coming to practice lately. Although Georgetown came today and Penn State came just before the break.”
“Right now my main focus is working on my game,” Powell said. “I really haven’t gotten the chance to sit down and put a school under the magnifying glass just yet. I’m still open.”
Just because Powell is more focused on his individual improvement, it doesn’t mean he’s not thinking about recruiting. He’s actually set to take a trio of unofficial visits at the end of the month.
“I’m going to go out to California at the end of December to check out Stanford, Cal-Berkley and USC,” Powell said. “Hopefully that will help me narrow it down and see if any of those schools will be in the running for my top five.”
Powell, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound power forward, is currently rated as a four-star prospect on Scout.com.