Kiyron Powell Sees Iowa as Excellent Opportunity

July 15, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Kiyron Powell grew up watching Big Ten basketball from his home in Evansville, Ind. He looked up to the players and hoped he could one day follow that path.

That opportunity came earlier this month. Iowa offered him a scholarship.

“It felt like I just got that much closer to achieving my dreams. A Big Ten offer is huge, especially from a program like the Iowa Hawkeyes,” he told HN.

The Bosse High and Indy Heat 2020 power forward received the good news from Hawkeye head coach Fran McCaffery.

“He feels that I would fit right into their system. With how fast they play, it reminds me of my high school and how fast we play. I really like the fast-paced play and how the coach believes in his players and their abilities,”
he said.

Powell (6-9, 205) has connected with McCaffery.

“I like him. He means business and wants to win, and that’s key in this game,” he said.

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What Powell is accomplishing serves as an inspiration for people dealing with a serious health issue. It makes finding a place he fits in extra important in recruiting.

“Loyalty is a big deal. I’m also looking for coaches who believe in me and my abilities, and teammates who I can develop chemistry with,” he said.

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Powell feels comfortable with what he’s learned about Iowa.

“I would say I’m pretty well informed by what the coaches have presented so far,” he said.

Powell considers Iowa to be among his top choices, although he’s keeping open his options. He also likes Houston, Kansas State, Xavier, Georgetown, Nevada and Cincinnati, all schools that have offered scholarships.

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“We have no dates set in stone yet, but I do plan to visit Iowa,” he said. “I may make my decision in early September or sometime later this season.”

Powell is undecided on a college major.

Rivals and 247 rank Powell as a three-star recruit. The former sees him as the No. 28 power forward nationally in his class, while the latter rates him as the No. 30 center.

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