MOORE — Braydon Powell will have the chance to do something not many high school athletes will ever do. One week after suiting in a game up for Southmoore, the junior will play against the SaberCats tonight wearing a Lions jersey after enrolling at Moore High late last week.
MHS coach Aaron Howell didn’t reveal why Powell decided to leave Southmoore, but he said he will use the big man.
“I have no idea how it happened,” Howell said. “I really don’t know. I got a call and e-mail saying that he had transferred over. Everything is legal. He has moved back over into the Moore district. So I take it at that. That’s how we are taking it and we are going to run with it.”
Powell’s departure from Southmoore would not be classified as a normal transfer, according to Moore School District Athletic Facilitator Carl Franks.
“First of all Braydon Powell is not a transfer,” Franks said. “He’s a bonafide move from one attendance area to another. If you move one residence to another residence and you happen to change attendance area, that’s a bona fide move.”
Powell was at his first MHS practice Monday and Howell knows what the 6-8 post player can add to a team in need of more height and strength in the middle. The Lions are 5-2, but have been roughed up in the paint most of the year.
“This year we really haven’t had a post game,” Howell said. “Most of our guys are guards. So he will give us an inside presence. A little bit more rebounding. A little bit more toughness inside. We will be able to run a little bit bigger zone and have some more inside scoring so as to not have to depend on Dorian (Gigger) for all the inside scoring.”