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NBA Draft: Seton Hall's Myles Powell undrafted, despite resume. Free-agent deal nex

NBA Draft: Seton Hall's Myles Powell undrafted, despite resume. Free-agent deal nex

NBA Draft: Seton Hall's Myles Powell undrafted, despite resume. Free-agent deal next
Myles Powell is still waiting for his shot.

The former Seton Hall University superstar went unchosen in Wednesday night's NBA Draft and is now fielding free-agent offers from franchises. He was projected to be a late second-round pick in some mocks, but given the right situation, a two-way contract can be a comparable road to an NBA roster.

“Two-way” means his salary depends on which league he plays in — the NBA or the G League. Under such a deal, Powell could spend a maximum of 45 days in the NBA in 2020-21 while spending the rest of the season with their G League affiliate.

Two-way deals pay a base salary of $77,000 (considerably more than the regular G League base of $35,000) and those who spent the full 45 days with the big club can earn up to $385,000.

Think of it as an extended tryout, with more security than your typical free-agent deal.
NBA Draft: Seton Hall's Myles Powell undrafted, despite resume. Free-agent deal nex

Former Seton Hall center Angel Delgado inked a two-way deal with the Clippers after the 2018 draft. He was named G League Rookie of the Year in 2019 but played just two games with the Clippers before heading overseas.

Powell, a 6-foot-2 guard from Trenton, did everything possible as a collegian: He was first-team All-American, Big East Player of the Year, Jerry West Award Winner as the sport’s best shooting guard, and a two-time winner of the Haggerty Award as the metropolitan area’s top player. He helped the Pirates to four straight 20-win seasons while scoring 2,252 points, third-most in program history.

After posting 23.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game as a junior, Powell averaged 21.0, 4.3 and 2.9 in those categories as a senior. But his height and his age (23) are drawbacks in the eyes of NBA executives. His stock might have been higher had the coronavirus pandemic not curtailed his opportunity to shine in the NCAA Tournament and to impress NBA talent evaluators in combines and workouts.

Still, it was startling to see Powell and Marquette guard Markus Howard — two first-team All-Americans who scored a combined 5,000 collegiate points — go undrafted. Howard reportedly agreed to a two-way free-agent contact with the Denver Nuggets after the draft.

For NBA fans acquainting themselves with Myles Powell, here are four things to know:

1. Don’t be fooled by last season’s 3-point stat.

He shot .306 from deep, which Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard attributed to an early-season concussion. It’s true that his accuracy nosedived after the head injury. His numbers as a sophomore and junior (.379 and .363, respectively) are better barometers, and many of those were NBA-range bombs.

2. He’s an excellent passer.

Although his college assist numbers never were high because he was relied on so heavily to score points, Powell is a deft and willing distributor. He did his best work in this regard as a sophomore, when he was a third or fourth option.

3. His defense and ball-handling are the question marks.

If Powell is going to play point guard, which is the only NBA role for most guys his height, he has some proving to do in these areas. Defensively, his inconsistencies could be attributed to having to work so hard to get open on the other end, but he’s not lightning fast for this level. In terms of ball-handling, his career assist-to-turnover average (2.3 to 2.2) is pedestrian. Again, some of this was because of his role, but his handle has been flagged by scouts.

4. He’s got the intangibles.

Powell’s a winner, a worker and a good teammate. Guys scrapping for jobs at the end of NBA benches must have these qualities, and he has them in abundance.

NBA Draft picks from New Jersey colleges in this century:

Eddie Griffin, 2001: The Seton Hall forward was chosen in the first round, seventh overall, by the New Jersey Nets and subsequently traded to the Houston Rockets. He played four full NBA seasons before being struck and killed by a train in 2007.


Sam Dalembert, 2001: The Seton Hall center was chosen in the first round, 27th overall, by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played 13 seasons in the league, most of them as a regular starter.


Dahntay Jones, 2003: The Duke wing, who played his first two years at Rutgers, was drafted in the first round, 20th overall, by the Boston Celtics and subsequently traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. He played 13 NBA seasons, mostly as a sub, and won an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.


NBA Draft: Seton Hall's Myles Powell undrafted, despite resume. Free-agent deal next

The former Seton Hall University superstar went unchosen in Wednesday night's NBA Draft and is now fielding free-agent offers from franchises. He was projected to be a late second-round pick in some mocks, but given the right situation, a two-way contract can be a comparable road to an NBA roster.

“Two-way” means his salary depends on which league he plays in — the NBA or the G League. Under such a deal, Powell could spend a maximum of 45 days in the NBA in 2020-21 while spending the rest of the season with their G League affiliate.

Two-way deals pay a base salary of $77,000 (considerably more than the regular G League base of $35,000) and those who spent the full 45 days with the big club can earn up to $385,000.

Think of it as an extended tryout, with more security than your typical free-agent deal.

Former Seton Hall center Angel Delgado inked a two-way deal with the Clippers after the 2018 draft. He was named G League Rookie of the Year in 2019 but played just two games with the Clippers before heading overseas.

Powell, a 6-foot-2 guard from Trenton, did everything possible as a collegian: He was first-team All-American, Big East Player of the Year, Jerry West Award Winner as the sport’s best shooting guard, and a two-time winner of the Haggerty Award as the metropolitan area’s top player. He helped the Pirates to four straight 20-win seasons while scoring 2,252 points, third-most in program history.

After posting 23.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game as a junior, Powell averaged 21.0, 4.3 and 2.9 in those categories as a senior. But his height and his age (23) are drawbacks in the eyes of NBA executives. His stock might have been higher had the coronavirus pandemic not curtailed his opportunity to shine in the NCAA Tournament and to impress NBA talent evaluators in combines and workouts.

Still, it was startling to see Powell and Marquette guard Markus Howard — two first-team All-Americans who scored a combined 5,000 collegiate points — go undrafted. Howard reportedly agreed to a two-way free-agent contact with the Denver Nuggets after the draft. 

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