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2024 guard Jonathan Powell impressed with IU basketball staff on visit, leaves with offer

Jonathan Powell’s breakout spring continued in Bloomington on Thursday with an offer from Indiana while he was in town for an unofficial visit.

Powell posted the news on his Twitter page and included some photos from his visit.

Playing for Adidas sponsored Wildcats Select, Powell has made a big impression this spring with several high-level scoring performances including a 45-point game during the first live period.  Indiana assistant coach Brian Walsh was there for that performance and began pushing for a visit right away.

On Thursday it was the IU staff who made a strong impression on Powell.

“What stood out (on the visit) was right when I got out of the car, I felt the love, and then the whole time during the visit the coaches were with me and they made me feel like they really wanted me to be there,” Powell told The Daily Hoosier on Thursday afternoon.

The 6-foot-4 Powell had attention from colleges before the spring, but things have jumped to another level over the last month.  Powell has reported offers from Ohio State, Xavier, Cincinnati, Texas A&M and Illinois in recent weeks along with IU.

“It’s been unreal because I’ve always dreamed for the last few years and wondered ‘when is my time coming.’  And my time is starting to come now and all my hard work is starting to pay off,” Powell said.

Powell believes the combination of his size and skill development over the last year have fueled his growth.

“I’ve always been able to shoot and my shot is getting better, but with my size, I’ve been working on my ball handling, I’ve been able to create my shots and create for my teammates,” he said.

Powell averaged 16.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game and hit 38 percent of his threes as a sophomore at Dayton Chaminade Julienne H.S.  He averaged 13.1 points as a freshman.

Powell has since enrolled at Centerville H.S. where he will play alongside IU 2023 commit Gabe Cupps next year.

“Ever since I got there he’s been like my brother,” Powell said if his interactions with Cupps since enrolling a month ago.  “Me and him workout every day, talk, laugh all the time.  That’s my brother.”

So far, Cupps hasn’t pushed Powell too hard on the recruiting front.

“We talk about Indiana here and there, just making jokes, but we haven’t had a serious conversation about it,” Powell said.

For a complete look at Indiana’s 2023 through 2025 offers and prospects, GO HERE.

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