Auburn transfer Justin Powell will not be a Kentucky Wildcat. Instead, the former North Oldham star will head to Knoxville to play for Rick Barnes at Tennessee.
After entering the transfer portal back on March 9, Powell announced this morning that he will be committing to Tennessee.
rocky top?? pic.twitter.com/DajU3q6tJC
— Justin Powell (@jtpowell241) April 3, 2021
After weeks of speculation that Powell favored Kentucky and would likely commit with an offer, that scholarship reportedly never came, with KSR’s own Matt Jones writing late last night that Tennessee was the new favorite and an announcement was on the horizon.
The chatter around Oldham County is that Justin Powell was not offered by Calipari and will pick Tennessee very soon
Not sure if Oldham County knows, but they do have a train running through downtown LaGrange and I almost was killed there while shooting a legal commercial
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) April 3, 2021
Powell, a 6-foot-6 guard originally out of Prospect, KY, averaged 11.7 points on 42.9% shooting and 44.2% from three to go with 6.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest for the Tigers. His freshman campaign was limited to just ten games due to a concussion that held him out of competition since January 2.
Out of high school, the former in-state standout originally chose Auburn over offers from Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Xavier, along with interest from Kentucky, Ohio State, Purdue and Syracuse. He was rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals.
As a senior at North Oldham, Powell was tabbed all-state and all-league after averaging 24.7 points on 59% shooting to go with 8.7 rebounds per game.
With Powell now headed to Kentucky’s conference rival, John Calipari will continue to explore his point guard options in the transfer portal.