Powell waits on NBA draft

By Doug Gorman

Former Riverdale basketball player Josh Powell will no doubt face some anxious moments tonight as he watches the NBA draft unfold.

Powell, who just completed his second season at N.C. State, hopes to be selected by an NBA franchise in one of the draft's two rounds.

The 6-9 forward declared himself eligible for the NBA draft in the spring, and kept his name in the draft pool past the June 19th deadline, meaning he will forgo his final two seasons of college basketball with the Wolfpack.

When Powell first declared for the draft, a story on the official N.C. State website stated the former Southern Crescent player was in good academic standing and hadn't obtained an agent.

Now, however, it appears the former Riverdale standout is serious about turning pro, and won't return to school.

Powell averaged 27 minutes per game for N.C. State as a sophomore, and dished in 12.4 points per game. He also pulled down 5.3 rebounds per game.

In four post-season contest, Powell scored 19 points per contest.

Powell played high school ball for the Raiders during one the best eras in Clayton County history.

Powell's 1,764 career points are second in Clayton County history behind Karl Hollingsoworth who dished in 2,352 career points. Hollingsworth started at Tulane but plans on transfering.

Both players graduated in 2001. The Class of 2001 also produced a third Division I player in North Clayton's Anthony Rice who is at Memphis.

Powell played high school ball for legendary coach Ken Ross, who recently announced his retirement.