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Former Vashon star likely headed to SEMOPosted Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 5:28 PM
I haven't been able to pin down an official verbal commitment, but I've been told by a very reliable source that former Vashon High School star Leon Powell is definitely headed to SEMO to play for new coach Dickey Nutt.
Powell, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward, recently completed his sophomore season at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Powell was originally placed at Indian Hills by former SEMO assistant Ronnie Dean with the understanding that Powell would ultimately end up with the Redhawks.
Even though Dean is no longer at SEMO, I've been told that Powell will play for the Redhawks because, among other reasons, he wants to get back close to home and also because he is extremely close friends with SEMO's Johnny Hill, a fellow Vashon product.
Powell, who at one time in high school was receiving interest from some major programs, reportedly has been offered scholarships by Houston, Ohio and Murray State.
Powell was recently named to the all-region second team after averaging 11.5 points per game this season for Indian Hills, a perennial national junior college power that went 30-3. Powell also made the all-region second team as a freshman.
Powell is scheduled to make an official visit to SEMO this weekend.
Also reportedly considering SEMO is point guard James Washington, Powell's sophomore teammate at Indian Hills and yet another Vashon product.
The 5-10 Washington, who played his freshman season at Western Illinois before transferring to Indian Hills, also made the all-region second team this year. He is scheduled to visit SEMO soon.
And, of course, Nutt is hot after Sikeston senior Michael Porter and I'm sure he's also considering Scott County senior Drew Thomas.
The spring signing period begins April 15. Nutt can't comment on prospective recruits until they sign letters of intent.
I'm updating this part of the post because I just found out that Tennessee Tech associate head coach Steve Payne has decided to remain with the Eagles after seriously considering an offer from Nutt to join his first SEMO staff.
I thought Payne would have been a great addition to the Redhawks and I've been told Nutt went after him pretty hard.
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