Powell heading to College of Southern Idaho

McClymonds High’s 6-foot-6 ultra-athletic forward Damon Powell will play junior college basketball next season at the College of Southern Idaho, he said Tuesday.
Powell, who said he has passed the SAT and California High School Exit Examination, is still receiving interest from four-year colleges, but said he wants to work on his game to better prepare himself for Division I collegiate ball.
“I want to go there and develop,” Powell said. “And be stronger and bigger by the time I go D-I.”
Powell played three years at Mack and one year (his sophomore season) at San Lorenzo. He was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder during a junior season in which the Warriors won the California Interscholastic Federation Division I state title. He was second on the team in scoring and led the team in rebounding his senior season, when Mack lost in the state title game. The Warriors’ record over his final two years was 59-2.
Southern Idaho is one of the country’s most successful junior college basketball programs, with an .844 winning percentage during the program’s 42-year history. The school is also where UConn’s Nate Miles is playing after being expelled from UConn.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.