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Check Out The Numbers: Dwight Powell
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/12/2013

Feb. 12, 2013

Check Out The Numbers Archive:
Josh Huestis (Jan. 15)

This is the second edition of "Check Out The Numbers", a series that provides an in-depth statistical view of a player's performance to date. In this feature, takes a look at junior forward Dwight Powell.

Fully healthy and contributing consistently, Dwight Powell is showcasing the type of dynamic all-around game many expected when he first arrived on The Farm. In addition to averaging a team-best 15.1 points and ranking second at 7.9 rebounds, Powell has been a fixture in the Cardinal lineup, joining Josh Huestis as the only players to start all 24 games. A likely all-conference performer, Powell has notched seven double-doubles while establishing career highs in every category, including points (29) and rebounds (13).

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A matchup nightmare for opponents, Powell is the only player in the Pac-12 currently averaging at least 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. In addition to notching a team-high seven double-doubles, Powell has produced seven 20-point games and reached double-figure scoring in all but six games. Only four other Cardinal players have averaged at least 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds over the last decade.
Powell says: "A big part of it is just being on the floor longer. Trying to manage fouls and stay out there as long as I can, so I can help the team that way. I've been able to get more comfortable with the offense, in terms of knowing how guys like to play. Where I like the ball, how I can position myself for rebounds after plays in order to get dump-downs or easy baskets."

15.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7 double-doubles
22.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 13 double-doubles
19.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 9 double-doubles
16.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 10 double-doubles
15.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 6 double-doubles

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Extremely athletic and versatile, Powell's game isn't just limited to inside the paint. It's not uncommon for the 6-10 forward to step outside and knock down a three-pointer. It's all part of the next-level package Powell possesses and one of the many reasons he requires extra attention from defenders on a nightly basis. Powell's perimeter game has made a significant jump this season and he's made four consecutive triples (all of the clutch variety) dating back to Feb. 3 against Oregon State.
Powell says: "I've always been working on my outside shot, but have had success this year just staying within the flow of the offense. I've felt more comfortable when taking them. I'm always trying to hunt my shot and stay aggressive, but I know my strengths and that's an area where I'm still developing. So if the shot is there, if it's in rhythm and if I get a good pass, I will take the shot. Otherwise, I try to exploit the defense by attacking the basket or with my mid-range game."


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In addition to his accuracy from three-point territory, Powell has developed into one of the Pac-12's top free throw shooters and that's especially impressive for a post player. Powell had been above the 80-percent mark for much of the season and checks in this week at 79.7 percent (98-123). His recent 10-11 performance from the charity stripe at No. 7/7 Arizona represented a career high. Stanford ranks 39th in the nation in free throw shooting, with Powell enjoying three different streaks of 10+ makes.
Powell says: "Getting to the line is very important, especially when you're playing against good defenders. Once you get a foul on them, they may lighten up because they don't want to get another foul called. Sometimes that makes the next possession easier. It's also an easy way to get points with the clock stopped. If you can capitalize at a high clip, it's a good way to get confidence by seeing the ball go in."

Consecutive FT
Streak Started
Streak Ended
Nov. 15, 2012
Jan. 30, 2012
Nov. 18, 2012
Nov. 28, 2012
Nov. 18, 2012
Nov. 24, 2012
Jan. 12, 2013
Jan. 27, 2013
Jan. 5, 2013
Jan. 12, 2013

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Powell reached the 20-point mark in back-to-back games during the Arizona trip and has now produced double-doubles in three of the last four games. His ability to step up and take over a game when needed has been critical during Stanford's recent stretch of four wins over five games. There have been six games this year in which Powell has scored at least 15 points in a half, allowing the Cardinal flexibility in running the offense.
Powell says: "I'm always trying to stay engaged, whether I'm scoring or missing shots. Just do whatever our team may need at the time. The coaches will recognize if I have a mismatch and then we'll try to take advantage of that. If it works, we'll try to go back to it. Chasson (Randle) and Aaron (Bright) are threats on the outside, so that helps me operate with a little more space. It's good knowing I can outlet back to them knowing they will knock down the shot."

Nov. 9
vs. San Francisco
2nd Half: 18 pts. (6-8 FG, 1-2 3FG, 5-7FT)
Nov. 24
vs. Minnesota
2nd Half: 18 pts. (6-7 FG, 1-1 3FG, 5-5 FT)
Dec. 2
vs. Denver
1st Half: 19 pts. (7-10 FG, 0-0 3FG, 5-7 FT)
Dec. 15
vs. UC Davis
2nd Half: 20 pts. (8-9 FG, 0-1 3FG, 4-4 FT)
Dec. 18
at NC State
1st Half: 15 pts. (6-13 FG, 0-1 3FG, 3-4 FT)
Feb. 6
at Arizona
2nd Half: 18 pts. (6-11 FG, 0-0 3FG, 6-7 FT)

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Of course, the scoring and rebounding is what attracts attention. But Powell is equally effective in several other categories, making a case for him being the league's most complete player. For a 6-10 forward, Powell's passing skills are very solid, dishing out at least four assists on four different occasions. His 26 blocks rank second on the squad behind Josh Huestis (51), as he is able to consistently reject or alter shots. Very active on defense, Powell has also racked up 19 steals.
Powell says: "When teams go to double or maybe a situation where a guy is cutting hard, anytime we can get a wide open outside shot or layup, I try to take advantage of that as often as possible. Find an open teammate for the best play. Obviously, we are a defensive team first. The more I can give to this team on defense, the better we will be. That's definitely a focus for everyone."


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- Brian Risso, Athletics Communications/Media Relations



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