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April 7, 2011

Warren Powers 'really improved' this year

warren-powers.jpg In one midseason stretch for the Glenelg Country School boys basketball team, Kevin Quinlan learned everything he needed to know about forward Warren Powers.

On Jan. 21, the Dragons trailed Pallotti by one with eight seconds remaining in the fourth quarter when Quinlan – Glenelg Country’s first-year coach – called timeout. He drew up a play off the inbound pass for Powers, but the 6-foot-5, 210-pound sophomore missed the shot as time expired.

Thankfully for Powers, redemption came soon after defeat.

“We got in a similar situation at the end of the Gilman game at our place, the same scenario,” Quinlan said. “We won that game. He’s that kind of kid. He kept his chin up and executed the play a little bit better. He made the right play. He got the shot off and scored. I was real proud of him for that.”

The missed shot against Pallotti “hurt so bad. That shot really stuck with me and I prayed I’d get another chance or opportunity to do it,” Powers said. “Sure enough … I got the same exact shot [against Gillman], the same floater, and it went right through the hoop. I was so thankful for that opportunity and so happy it happened.”

Sophomore year came with lofty expectations for Powers, but time and time again, he delivered. A first-team all-conference selection, Powers teamed with highly touted junior Isaiah Miles to lead the Dragons to the MIAA B Conference championship.

On the year, Powers averaged 16.2 points and 6.8 rebounds. He saved one of his best performances of the year for the conference title game against Annapolis Area Christian, scoring 18 points, grabbing six rebounds and blocking three shots.

“Warren really, really improved a lot,” Quinlan said. “I think defensively he got a lot better. He’s incredibly athletic. Offensively, he really ran the floor well for us in transition. Warren’s big enough where we push the ball and get it inside. We really benefited from that. I was very pleased with his performance this season. I thought he got better fundamentally and also in some team concepts, especially man-to-man defense.”

Powers made Quinlan’s transition to Glenelg Country (27-4, 21-1 MIAA B) an easy one, demonstrating a “great attitude all the time” and proving to be a “good leader and a good role model” for his teammates.

Because of his height and strength, Powers played a power-forward type position for the perimeter-oriented Dragons. On the AAU circuit with Team Melo this spring and summer, the goal will be sharpening his guard skills for the next level. Quinlan thinks Powers will be a 2 or a 3 in college. Powers, meanwhile, hopes to raise his recruiting profile – starting this weekend at the Big Shots tournament in Chantilly, Va.

“My ultimate goal by senior season is to have some serious looks by schools and maybe even have an offer,” Powers said. “That’s my main goal this offseason, just working hard in the weight room and training hard. I have the opportunity to get out on the circuit and maybe get some serious looks.”

While his recruitment is in its infancy, Powers – the son of the former Terps football player of the same name – has a clear favorite.

“My main school that I’m really interested in is Maryland,” Powers said. “I worked out a few times there this summer. They seemed really interested. My dad talked to [Terps assistant coach] Keith Booth, they had me get back down there. They want to see me develop more.”

George Mason has been in contact with Quinlan about Powers, while Bucknell has expressed serious interest recently. Powers said he has also received interest from Arkansas, Virginia Tech and Xavier, among others.

“I think this summer’s going to be really important for him,” Quinlan said. “When he gets out on the circuit with Team Melo, I think he’s a much better defender after the past year. Hopefully that will turn some heads on the circuit. He’s just an impressive athlete.”

While he’s focused on AAU right now, Powers can’t help but look forward to his junior season, when Glenelg Country moves up to the A Conference. The tougher competition will be a welcome challenge for Powers and his teammates.

“I’m just excited to move up and test our talent against some of the best schools in the area,” Powers said. “I’m really excited about that. Hopefully we’ll have the same results as [we had this year] and keep building as a team.”

Photo of Warren Powers courtesy of Glenelg Country School.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:48 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Local recruiting


is he related to the powers who played football (defense) at md.?

freddy from boca: His dad was before my time, so I'm not sure on his position, but he is also named Warren Powers and he played for the Terps. -- Matt

Good afternoon Matt, how are you? Matt please tell me, what does Brenda Frese has to do to get Maryland women to the final four? I think she needs to teach more defense

Rodney: I really can't say. Didn't get a chance to watch the team too much this year. -- Matt

Yes-- Warren Powers was a stand-out DE at College Park, four-year letter winner as I recall 1985-88 and making all-ACC his Senior Year. Drafted a high second rounder by the Broncos. Great kid on and off the field, and as Mel Kipper, Jr would say, "a great motor" and at like 6-6 270 could bring it both off the edge and as a run-stopper. Sounds like maybe the apple did not roll far from the proverbial tree with his namesake son. Dang, I am old :-)

Warren Powers Sr. was not just a standout on the field,he is a standout off of it.He transitioned from football to financial services,and has done extremely well.I'm proud to know him and have the opportunity to work with him in the same field and the same company.Having watched Warren Powers Jr. grow up around leaders all of his life,I think Maryland should get on board.He's the
kind of selfless hardworking kid every program needs,the consistent glue type that holds the team together.Hoping to see him in a Maryland uniform soon.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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