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Glenelg Country's Powers still likes UM

Warren Powers Jr. has played just one season of high school basketball, but the Glenelg Country School star played like a veteran Saturday.

Powers, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound wing, fared well at the 6th Anniversary Celebration at The Dome in East Baltimore last weekend, capping a successful summer on the court.

“Everything’s going well,” Powers said. “I’m looking forward to the school year. I’m really looking forward to the season. I’m just playing hard and [hope] to win the MIAA [B Conference] championship this year. … Everybody’s going to come at us this year, especially St. Paul’s. But we’re ready to challenge it.”

Powers was a headliner for Team Melo's 15-and-under team this summer. A highlight on the circuit for him was making the Elite Eight of the Super Showcase in Orlando. Thanks to his play with Team Melo, Powers has heard from several Division I programs.“Maryland, Xavier, South Florida, Virginia Tech and George Mason,” Powers said. “Maryland’s my favorite.”

Powers, the son of the former Terps football player of the same name, worked out with several Maryland players a few weeks ago. Nervousness over playing against guys he's watched on TV eventually gave way to comfort.

“I had star shock at first,” Powers said. “I went up against Dino Gregory, Cliff Tucker, a lot of the big guys. Jordan Williams. … [But] it went well. I was kind of nervous at first, but after awhile I got used to it.”

Sophomore year will be a big one for Powers. He's playing for a new coach in Kevin Quinlan -- who comes to GCS from Edison High in Alexandria, Va. -- and the B Conference's best will be hungry for a shot at Powers and junior forward Isaiah Miles, two of the most touted players in the league. Based on his efforts this summer, Powers is ready to face those challenges.

“I think I made a lot of progress,” Powers said. “I’ve been working on my guard skills and just trying to get better.”

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