Justin Powell

Updated on 1/16/22.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 190
College: Tennessee
Classification: Sophomore
Birthdate: 5/9/2001

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

Pros:
Decent shooter, especially from deep
Adequate scorer off the dribble
Decent playmaker
Adequate rebounder
Solid motor

Cons:
Struggles to consistently create his own shot
Can struggle to score in traffic
Needs to improve his free throw shooting
Prone to hoisting up questionable shots
Not an elite ball handler
Struggles to guard quicker players
Only an average athlete
Can be too inconsistent in games

Summary:
Justin Powell is a skilled combo guard that can shoot and pass the basketball.  He’s been praised for his feel for the game, and he had a solid freshman season.

On the other hand, he’s only an average athlete and he can struggle to handle heavy ball pressure and double teams, and while he had 9 assists, he also committed 7 turnovers in a December 30th loss to Arkansas as a freshman.  This year at Tennessee, he’s played more of a spot-up role as a shooter off the bench for them. Still, he’s a versatile guard that can play either backcourt position, and he could project into a backup role in the NBA.

Links:
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
247 Sports’ Article on Powell Transferring to Tennessee

Games Scouted:
12/30/20 Auburn vs. Arkansas
12/7/21 Tennessee vs. Texas Tech

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