Former University of Illinois standout Roger Powell Jr. is entering his third season as an assistant coach for the Valparaiso men’s basketball program in 2013-2014. Powell was named the top assistant coach in the Horizon League by Next Up Recruits in the summer of 2013.
Powell has helped lead the Crusaders to 48 wins over his first two seasons as a member of the Crusader coaching staff, including a school-record 26 victories last season. Valpo has captured the Horizon League regular season title in each of his two years, while the Crusaders’ 2012-2013 squad also won the Horizon League tournament championship. The Crusaders appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2013 after earning a spot in the Postseason NIT in 2012.
Prior to arriving at Valpo, Powell spent six years playing professional basketball, including a stint with the Utah Jazz of the NBA.
A three-year starter for the Illini, Powell earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten recognition in each of his final two seasons after being named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team as a sophomore. Powell helped Illinois to three Big Ten regular season titles and a pair of Big Ten tournament championships during his time with the Illini, as well as berths in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 and the NCAA national championship in game in 2004-2005.
Following his collegiate career, Powell played six years professionally both domestically and overseas, including a stint with the NBA’s Utah Jazz in the 2006-2007 season. Powell concluded the 2007 season with the Arkansas Rimrockers of the NBDL, leading the league with 22.3 points per game and earning the league’s Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award, which is awarded to the player who best represents the ideals of character and conduct on and off the court.