Widely regarded as one of the best high school basketball shooters in the country, Myles Powell of South Kent (Connecticut) High School surprised many when he announced he’d be attending Seton Hall this fall. According to ESPN’s scouting profile, the four-star recruit is “virtually automatic when his feet are set, and [he] already owns range out to the NBA arc.”
Powell will give the Pirates a legitimate deep threat, which should give a massive boost to a team that shot just 34 percent from deep last season. But Powell’s commitment wasn’t the only thing that’s made Seton Hall ecstatic about his presence on campus.
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Nicknamed “Cheese” because of his penchant for adding extra cheese to almost everything he eats, Powell weighed 240 pounds during his time at South Kent. Standing at just 6-foot-1, he had to admit that his excess weight made him feel fatigued toward the end of games. So he spent much of the summer working out with Seton Hall’s strength and conditioning coach, Jason Nehring, who refused to call Powell by his real first name until he got himself down to 200 pounds. Instead, he called Powell “Butterball.”
Powell dedicated himself to the weight room and completely revamped his diet, replacing fast food with grilled chicken and salad, and soda with water. He no longer puts cheese on top of almost everything he eats.
“The big thing was just educating him about, you can’t eat a pizza at midnight; it’s not good,” Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard told nj.com. “And it’s just like anything else, these kids start seeing success and start seeing what hard work does, [and] he became addicted to it. Now, I’m so proud of him. He looks awesome.”
Powell achieved his goal of getting his weight down to 200 pounds, and now he looks like a completely different dude. He says the benefits have been immediate.
“It feel like [I’m] another person,” Powell told the New York Post. “I’m jumping better, moving off screens better. I don’t feel myself getting tired. It helps me shoot farther.”
Powell didn’t move like a 240-pound guy in high school, as you can see in his highlight reel above. I mean, the dude could throw down a dunk after tossing the ball off the backboard. Now that he’s shed all that extra poundage, the rest of the Big East should be very afraid.