Jonathan Powell Commits to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Moments ago, the future of the West Virginia

Mountaineers’ basketball program got a lot better when Jonathan Powell announced that

he’s committing to play for head coach Darian DeVries.

Powell, a 6’6 guard from Dayton, Ohio, averaged 19.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game

and was named he Division I Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Player of the

Year. Powell was previously committed to Xavier University and re-opened his recruitment,

saying, “After a talk with my family, I have decided to reopen my recruitment and

decommit from Xavier University,” Powell wrote on Instagram. “This wasn’t easy at all and

took a lot out of me and my family making this decision. I want to thank the Xavier

coaches for welcoming me and showing effortless love since I’ve committed. There will

always be love for Xavier and the city of Cincinnati.”

Powell has an impressive list of offers including Alabama, Cincinnati, Dayton, Illinois,

Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech, among

many others.

Powell ranks 126th in the class of 2024, according to On3.com. He’s No. 144, according to

Rivals.com and a composite 0.9405 and a 4 star recruit according to 247 Sports. 

West Virginia already has one of the nation’s top transfer classes with Tucker DeVries,

Sencire Harris, Amani Hansberry, Toby Okani, Eduardo Andre and Javon Small, and the

addition of Powell with the return of sophomore guard Ofri Naveh puts the Mountaineers at

a strong eight deep.

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Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.