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Seton Hall star Myles Powell to test NBA draft waters

MINNEAPOLIS — Seton Hall could be a top-20 team next year if all goes right. There, however, is a doomsday scenario as well: Coach Kevin Willard and leading scorer Myles Powell leave the program.

A day after The Post confirmed Willard is a serious candidate for the vacant Virginia Tech coaching position, Powell announced his intentions to test the NBA draft waters while keeping his NCAA eligibility intact. Powell’s decision doesn’t come as a major surprise. He had discussed those plans in recent days with Willard.

“I am very excited for Myles because he has earned the opportunity to chase his dreams,” Willard told The Post. “He is one of the hardest-working young men I know, and he is going to go through this process in the same manner by putting in a ton of work to showcase his talent. When the times comes, and he’s received all the feedback, he and I will work together to come up with the best decision for him.”

The 6-foot-2 Powell was an All-Big East selection as a junior, averaging 23.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. The Trenton, N.J., native was instrumental to the Pirates reaching their fourth straight NCAA Tournament berth despite being picked to finish eighth in the Big East.

Powell had eight 30-point games, but still isn’t on any mock draft boards. He has until April 11 to request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. Under the new rules, Powell then can hire an NCAA-certified agent to help him as he tests the waters. He has until May 29 to decide to remain in the draft or go back to school.

An NBA scout familiar with Powell believes he needs another year in college, but thinks he has a future in the league.

“I like him a lot,” the scout said. “He has the ability to make tough shots.”

ViaNyPost

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