Duquesne men's basketball forward Powell to transfer
February 29, 2016 9:17 PM
Duquesne's TySean Powell drives to the net over La Salle's Tony Washington on Jan. 26 at the Palumbo Center.
By Craig Meyer / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Duquesne forward TySean Powell is leaving the team and will transfer from the school, the university confirmed Monday after the sophomore announced his decision on Twitter.
He will not play the rest of this season and will transfer at the end of the semester.
“I would like to thank the Duquesne Basketball Program for allowing me to pursue my dream of playing college basketball, but at this stage in my career I feel it is best to move on to different opportunities that fit me as a player and the family oriented person that I am,” Powell wrote in his Twitter message.
Utilized as one of first players off the bench, Powell, 6 feet 8, was averaging 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game this season. Though his scoring was about level with where it was his freshman season, he displayed an improved back-to-the-basket game while continuing to showcase his exceptional athleticism, seen most often with thunderous, high-flying dunks.
“Ty informed me he was leaving the team effective immediately for personal reasons,” Duquesne coach Jim Ferry said. “We wish him nothing but the best and will provide full support for him to complete his semester here successfully.”
No reason for the move was specified. Powell informed Ferry of his decision Saturday night.
The Twinsburg, Ohio, native’s time at Duquesne didn’t come without challenges, some of which were self-inflicted. He was suspended for the first three games this season for an off-court violation. The previous season, he incurred a similar suspension, albeit for just a February game against George Washington.
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