Archive | April, 2013

Better know a Redhawk: New signee William Powell

25 Apr

The newest member of the Redhawks basketball team, swingman William Powell, is going to take one of the longest roads to get to Seattle. 

Powell is a member of the post-graduate basketball team at IMG Academy. After graduating high school in 2012, he enrolled in the Bradenton high-level sports academy to play for former Sacramento Kings head coach Kenny Natt. And now the 6’7″ forward has signed on to join the roster of a school as far away from Florida as you can get, in a city that could soon be home to those Kings.

I had the chance to exchange quick questions and responses with Powell, posted below.

Seattle U Hoops: What made you choose Seattle University?

William Powell: I choose Seattle because it’s a great school and have a really good coaching staff. And I feel like they’ll push me and help me reach my goals. 

SUH: How would you describe yourself as a player?
 
WP: I’ll describe myself as a all around player and a winner. (There’s) not too many things I can’t do on the court. And I can’t stand losing. 
 
SUH: What’s an aspect of your game you’re trying to work most on?
 
WP: I don’t know if I can tell you that one because that’ll be giving competition a way to guard me. (Laughs)
 
SUH: Any idea what subject you want to study?
 
WP: I’m gonna get my degree in business management most likely.
 
SUH: Favorite fast food joint?
 
WP: Has to be Five Guys!
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A quick look at Seattle’s 2013-14 roster

18 Apr

Freshmen

William Powell, G/F

Emmanuel Chibuogwu (redshirted last season), G/F

 

Sophomores

Jack Crook, C

David Trimble, G

Luiz Bidart, G

Deshaun Sunderhaus, F

Manroop Clair (transferring to Seattle from Hawaii, sitting out a year but will have 3 years of eligibility remaining), G

 

Juniors

Shore Adenekan (transferring to Seattle from a junior college, eligible immediately), F

Jarell Flora, G

Emerson Murray, G

Isiah Umipig, G

 

Seniors

D’vonne Pickett, G

Clarence Trent, F

Louisville, Peyton Siva, and notes on Seattle’s connections to the NCAA championship

9 Apr

With Louisville knocking off Michigan and becoming national champions last night, Franklin graduate and starting point guard Peyton Siva put the crowning achievement on his already stellar college career.

Siva became the first player from Washington to win the D-1 men’s national championship in six years. The most recent before that? As UW’s Hikeem Stewart was kind enough to remind me, it was actually his brother Rodrick, who was on the team at Kansas when the Jayhawks won the championship in the mid-2000’s.

Bremerton-born Marvin Williams also got a title with North Carolina in 2005. He wound up getting drafted 2nd overall after that season and later signing a $40 million contract in the NBA. Before that, there was another Franklin grad, Jason Terry winning the title with Arizona in 1997 – and he ended up having a fairly decent NBA career himself.

Between those two and Siva, the three are as close to an NCAA title as the city of Seattle has ever had. Or at least, as close as Seattle has been in 55 years, when the Redhawks famously made it to the 1958 national title game against powerhouse Kentucky,

Before falling to Adolph Rupp’s Wildcats squad 84-72, Seattle U knocked off Wyoming, San Francisco and Cal to get to the final four, and dispatched Kansas State to reach the championship game. That list of wins looks impressive, even today.

That team had two players from the state of Washington. Jerry Frizzell, who started on the front line alongside one Elgin Baylor, hailed from Montesano (a small town near Grays Harbor) and Jim Harney, a starting guard, was actually a Seattle native.

Washington State is the only other school from the state to ever reach the D-1 title game. They pulled it off in 1941, losing in a 38-33 “shootout” to Wisconsin.

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