Men's Basketball

  Roger Powell
Roger Powell

Player Profile

Joliet, Ill.

High School:
Joliet H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 220



2002-2003 Sophomore: Named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after leading Illinois with 16 points in the Tournament title game vs. Ohio State and scoring 14 vs. Northwestern in the quarterfinals ... Started 19 games during the season including 10 of the last 11 ... Finished second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage in all games, hitting 59.1 percent from the field (104-176) ... Led the Big Ten in field goal percentage in conference games, connecting on 64.1 percent of his shots (50-78) ... Third on the team in scoring, averaging 8.7 points ... One of the hottest players down the stretch in the Big Ten, he averaged 13.3 points the last 11 games prior to the NCAA Tournament ... Scored a career-high 22 points vs. Indiana (2/25) on 9-of-13 shooting ... Had 20 points vs. Northwestern (2/22) ... Tallied 18 points and seven rebounds at Michigan (3/1) ... Scored in double figures 13 times this season, while scoring 15+ points nine times ... Started the first-nine contests of the season before suffering a toe injury that forced him out of the line up the next two weeks and slowed his progress during January ... Scored 15 points and had a career-high nine rebounds in the season-opener vs. Lehigh ... Traveled to Europe over the summer with the Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour team, leading Bill Self's squad in scoring at 14.0 points per game.

2001-2002 Freshman: True freshman played in 27 games on the year, averaging 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game ... Scored season-high 12 points against Western Illinois, hitting four field goals and adding four free throws ... Played a season-high 15 minutes against Loyola-Chicago, tallying five points and five rebounds ... Gave Illinois a spark off the bench at Wisconsin, scoring six points on 3-of-3 shooting and grabbing four rebounds (three offensive) ... Scored nine points and had four rebounds in 14 minutes of action vs. Penn State ... Had four points and four rebounds in seven minutes of play in Illinois' NCAA Tournament first-round victory over San Diego State.

Earned first-team All-State honors at Joliet in 2001 from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, Associated Press and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Also earned First-team All-State honors in 2000 from the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times ... A consensus Top 100 prospect ... Fourth in voting for Mr. Basketball in Illinois following his senior season ... Played in the Wendy's All-Star Classic and IBCA All-Star Game following his senior year ... Earned MVP honors at the IBCA All-Star Game ... Averaged 20.7 points and nine rebounds for a 25-5 sectional finalist that was ranked No. 3 in the Chicago area as a senior ... MVP of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament ... As a junior, averaged 19 points and eight rebounds in leading the Steelmen to a 20-8 mark ... Shot 58 percent from the field, 71 percent from the line and 38 percent from three-point range as a junior ... Second-team All-State by AP and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association as a junior ... Helped squad win the SICA West Conference as a junior and senior ... Made Pontiac Holiday Tourney All-Tournament team as a junior ... Three-year starter and four-year letterwinner ... Also as a junior, earned a bronze medal as a member of the 1999 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival North Team with a 1-4 record ... Recorded Festival bests with 16 points vs. the East in the bronze medal game and seven rebounds vs. the South.

Born Jan. 15, 1983 ... Son of Cherry and Roger Powell ... Father was former Joliet Central and Illinois State University star ... High school coach was Bob Koskosky ... National Honor Society member ... Member of the Honor Roll all four years of high school ... Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Award winner ... Was Homecoming King as a senior and starred in the school musical as a junior and senior ... Cousin, David Evans, played basketball at Colorado State ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences studying a general curriculum.

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