Stanford may not have preformed the way everyone expected this season, but the Cardinal is clearly on the cusp of being a Pac-12 Conference powerhouse once again. Junior forward Dwight Powell returning to Palo Alto, Calif. for his senior season is the reason.
Powell, who was named the Pac-12‘s most improved player in 2012-13, was the most consistent piece in a rather uncontrollable season for the Cardinal. Powell averaged 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, and will lead a talented 2014 recruiting class which could be the best in the entire conference.
In his sophomore season, Powell averaged a drowsy 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Powell’s decision came Friday after being named first-team all-Pac-12. The Cardinal has been eliminated from the Pac-12 tournament, and expects an invitation to the NIT for a second straight year.
Near the midway point of the season speculation surrounded Powell regarding his choice to stay at Stanford for one more year, or test the NBA draft. Stanford’s mediocre finish with a record of 18-14 made a jump to the NBA seem more likely than ever for Powell.
Thankfully for the Cardinal, Powell has decided to stay in order to earn his degree and further develop his game. Impressive, right?
Not only does Powell want to continue improving, even after being awarded as one of the conference’s best players, but he wants to secure his future through education at one of the most distinguished institutions in the country.
John Engel is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports, covering the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences. John works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in addition to Rant Sports. Follow: @engelsportsguy.