Former Auburn basketball player transferring to Pac-12 program

Former Auburn basketball player transferring to Pac-12 program

Justin Powell has found his new home.

The former Auburn point guard announced that he is transferring to Washington State for his junior season. Powell spent his freshman season at Auburn before transferring to Tennessee for his sophomore campaign.

Powell was recruited by Auburn as a shooting guard but he was forced to become the team’s point guard to start the 2020-21 season when Sharife Cooper was ineligible to play at the start of the season. He excelled in his new role, averaging 11.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 10 games before a head injury ended his season.

He then entered the transfer portal and headed to Knoxville. Powell saw his stats dip across the board at Tennessee. He averaged 3.7 points and 1.5 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game. He made three’s at a 38.1% clip but took just 1.4 per game.

Part of this was they used him as a spot-up shooter, a role. He no longer looks comfortable in. Washington State is in need of a point guard and it looks like they plan to use Powell in that role.

The Cougars went 22-15 last season and made it to the semifinals of the NIT where they lost to Texas A&M.


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