|Miles Powell. Courtesy Seton Hall.|
Seton Hall junior guard Myles Powell made a name for himself this season, as he led the Pirates to a third-place finish in an ultra-competitive Big East Conference.
On Sunday, he received two honors as he was named a unanimous selection to the All-Big East first team, and the Player Of The Week for the final week of the regular season.
Powell, the conference's second-leading scorer, is just the 11th first-team selection in Seton Hall history and first since Angel Delgado in 2017.
The junior guard was dominant all season long, averaging 22.6 points per game, eclipsing 20 points 19 out of 30 games, reaching 30 points seven times and scoring a career-high 40 points in a game vs. Grand Canyon.
Powell also earned Big East Player of the Week honors for a second time this season after averaging 27.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals in Seton Hall's 2-0 week, which included wins over the top two teams in the Big East, Marquette and Villanova.
In total this season, Powell has been Player of the Week twice and on the weekly honor roll nine times. That's 11 weekly honors out of a possible 18.
Powell was dominant in Seton Hall's win over No. 16 Marquette last Wednesday, finishing with 34 points, five rebounds and five assists. He was a one-man wrecking crew in Seton Hall's 18-0 game-ending run, scoring 10 consecutive points including the baskets that both tied the game and gave the Pirates the lead for good.
Then in the win over No. 23 Villanova on Saturday, Powell poured in 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in one of the more well-rounded efforts of his career. It was his assist with 1:27 left in the game on a Myles Cale three-pointer that proved to be the dagger for The Hall in toppling the Wildcats.
Powell recorded his 18th and 19th 20-point games this season as well as his seventh 30-point game of the year. He finished the regular season second in the Big East in scoring at 22.6 points per game as well as second in steals (2.0 per game), fourth in free throw shooting (.855) and third in three-pointers made per game (3.0).
In Seton Hall lore, Powell's 679 points this season are good for eighth in Pirates single-season history, fifth-highest in the BIG EAST era.
Powell and the Pirates finished the Big East regular season in third place for a fourth consecutive year and owns four victories over NET Top 30 teams in Kentucky, Maryland, Villanova and Marquette.
Powell scored 28 points in The Hall's win over No. 9 Kentucky. He had 27 points in a road win over Maryland. He had 25 points and a career-high eight assists in a road win at Xavier. He poured in 31 points in a win over Providence to snap a four-game losing streak. Then this past week, he had 34 points and five assists in a win over No. 16 Marquette and followed up with 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in the victory over No. 23 Villanova.
In addition to finishing second in the conference in scoring, Powell was second in steals (2.0 per game), third in three-pointers made per game (3.0) and fourth in free throw shooting (.855).
Powell's year has been one of the greatest in Seton Hall single-season history. He has 679 points, which is eighth-highest in Pirates single-season history and fifth-best in the Big East era (since 1979). His 90 three-pointers made are also good for eighth in single-season history. His 159 free throws made are tied for 15th all-time.
Powell is also making his mark in the career record book. He is now 19th all-time in scoring with 1,558 points and fourth all-time in three-pointers made with 252.
Seton Hall finished the regular season 18-12 overall and 9-9 in the Big East, marking the fourth straight year that the Pirates have achieved a .500 or better league record and a third-place finish.
The Hall will open the 2019 Big East Tournament on Thursday as the No. 3 seed against No. 6 seed Georgetown at Madison Square Garden at 9:30 p.m. The game will air live on FS1.