The Illini grinded out a 64-52 win against the Crusaders Wednesday night and a familiar face returned to Champaign.
2004-2005 Senior: Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by both league coaches and media ... Started every game and ranked fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 12.0 points (22nd in Big Ten) ...Scored in double figures in 26 games ...Second on the Illini and eighth in the Big Ten in field goal shooting at 54.9 percent (175-319) ...Second on the team in rebounding, averaging 5.7 rebounds (11th in Big Ten) ...Illinois' leading rebounder 12 times ...Scored season-high 21 points vs. Minnesota (Jan. 29) ...Shot a perfect 10-of-10 from the field, equaling the best shooting performance by a Big Ten player this season, in tying his season high with 21 points at Penn State (Feb. 16) ... Grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds vs. North Carolina in the national championship game ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on Dec. 6 following wins over Wake Forest on Dec. 1 (game-high 19 points) and Arkansas on Dec. 4 (double-double with team-high 19 points and game-high 11 rebounds) ... Also had double-doubles with 18 points-10 rebounds vs. Northwestern (Feb. 23), 12 points-11 rebounds vs. Ohio State (March 6) and 15 points with a game-high 12 rebounds in the Big Ten Tournament championship game vs. Wisconsin (March 13) ... Scored 1,000th point vs. Indiana on Feb. 6 and ends career ranked 26th on the Illini all-time scoring list with 1,178 career points ...Ranks fifth in school history in career field goal percentage at 57.2 percent (456-797) ... Licensed Pentecostal minister who has preached to the congregation several times over the last year.
2003-2004 Junior: Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection ...Started first 28 games until suffering a concussion during the second half of the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game vs. Indiana, forcing him to miss the semifinals vs. Michigan ...Started 31 games on the season ...Third on the Illini and 20th in the Big Ten in scoring at 11.6 points per game ... Second on the team (20th in Big Ten) in rebounding at 5.0 boards per game ... Ranked third in the Big Ten in field goal shooting at 59.5 percent (150-252) ... Second on the team with 75 offensive rebounds, ranking 10th in the Big Ten in offensive rebounds with 2.3 per game ... Posted back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Mercer (16 pts-10 reb) and Temple (19 pts-10 reb) ... Scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed nine boards at Wisconsin on Jan. 24 ... Scored in double figures in eight Big Ten games, and 18 games overall on the season ... Scored 20 points against North Carolina on Dec. 2 ... Tallied 22 points on 9-11 shooting in NCAA Tournament second round win over Cincinnati ...Led Illini with 15 points and eight rebounds in Sweet 16 vs. Duke.
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 season-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, 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 lineup the next two weeks and slowed his progress during January ... Scored 15 points and had a season-high nine rebounds in the season-opener vs. Lehigh ...Traveled to Europe over the 2002 summer with the Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour team, leading the 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 ... 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 ... Will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in speech communications ... 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.
Powell, Jr.'s Career Statistics:
Year G-GS MIN-Avg FGM-A/% 3PM-A/% FTM-A/% OR-DR--TOT/Avg PF-DQ A TO B S PTS/Avg 01-02 27-0 160-5.9 27-50/.540 3-5/.600 22-36/.611 19-29--48/1.8 21-0 2 10 4 3 79/2.9 02-03 30-19 558-18.6 104-176/.591 20-49/.408 33-57/.579 40-61--101/3.4 46-0 12 24 12 9 261/8.7 03-04 32-31 856-26.8 150-252/.595 4-12/.333 67-105/.638 75-85--160/5.0 78-1 22 40 14 21 371/11.6 04-05 39-39 979-25.1 175-319/.549 20-52/.385 97-133/.729 103-119--222/5.7 102-0 16 42 9 25 467/12.0 Totals 128-89 2553-19.9 456-797/.572 47-118/.398 219-331/.662 237-294--531/4.1 247-1 52 116 39 58 1178/9.2