|High School:||Desert Vista HS '12|
Hayford on Powell: “Danny Powell is the youngest player on our team, but he is a tremendous offensive player. He has great physical strength, a great drive game and a great shooting game. He also rebounds the ball well, and can play multiple positions. As he learns to fit all of his skills into our system, he has the opportunity to develop into a very strong basketball player.”
High School: Graduated from Desert Vista High School in 2012 after previously attending Mesa (Ariz.) High School. As a senior, he was selected to the Arizona Republic first team 5A All-Arizona team, as well as the All-State squad for the second-straight year. He was also the Arizona Division I Section III Player of the Year, and was a first team all-section pick.. He averaged 19.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in leading the Thunder to a 22-9 record overall and 10-1 mark in the Division I Section III. He scored in double figures in every game, and had 20 or more on 14 occasions. He had a high of 29 on back-to-back nights versus Mountain View (12/29/11) and Dobson (12/30/11), making a collective 24-of-37 from the field. For the season, he made 46.5 percent of his field goal attempts, including 47-of-125 3-point attempts (37.6 percent). He also had double figures in rebounding in 14 games, including a season-high of 17 late in the year versus Mountain View and 16 in his first game of the season against Pinnacle when he also finished with four assists and 20 points. He scored 24 points in Desert Vista's 53-50 Division I quarterfinal victory over Gilbert at Arizona State's Wells Fargo Arena., but his team’s season came to a close the next game with a 49-46 loss to Corona del Sol in the semifinals. As a junior at Desert Vista, Powell was one of only two juniors on the Arizona Republic First-Team 5A All-State team after averaging 19.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Besides earning All-State honors as a junior, Powell was a first team All-5A Fiesta League selection as he led Desert Vista to a 21-10 record overall and 6-4 mark in league play. Before he transferred to the school, the Thunder were just 11-15 the year before. Desert Vista jumped out to a 14-3 record and won the Platinum Division of the Las Vegas Prep Championship with a 6-0 record. Powell was the tournament’s MVP, averaging 26 points and 14 rebounds, scoring 11 points in a 45-42 victory over Liberty (Nevada) in the title game. He also averaged 1.1 assists per game and scored 576 total points. Powell scored at least 20 on 14 occasions, and had 30 or more three times. He scored a career-high 36 in a 75-66 victory over Eldorado (Nevada), making 12-of-15 shots from the floor and 10-of-11 free throws. For the season, he made 53 percent of his shots (192-of-359), including 46 percent of his 3-point attempts (46-of-101). He also made 85 percent of his free throws (146-of-171) to break school records for made free throws and percentage. Powell lost 20 pounds between his sophomore and junior seasons in high school. As a sophomore at Mesa High School, he averaged 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, with a high of 26 points in a 92-90 victory over North High School. Twice he had 10 rebounds. Mesa finished the season 25-5 overall and 9-1 league play. In his freshman season at Mesa, he averaged 9.0 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Jackrabbits, who finished 10-15 overall. Powell also played AAU basketball for Team Superstar, the Arizona Dream Team and Team Hunter Elite.
Personal: He was born March 4, 1993, in Mesa, Ariz., and is the son of Glen and Dee Dee Powell. He intends on majoring in communications at Eastern.