One More Year: Myles Powell pulls name out of NBA Draft on deadline day

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It took until the final hours for Seton Hall star Myles Powell to finalize his decision to return for a momentous senior year in South Orange.

With Seton Hall now poised for a preseason top-25 ranking and the toughest non-conference schedule most fans have ever seen, they are surely throwing their nail-bitten hands in the air in joy (and relief).

Powell’s decision to dip his toes in the NBA waters was initially seen as a formality for most. With the ability to work out for NBA franchises and go through the pre-Draft process twice, it’s a no-brainer for a star senior to explore their options.

On the other side of the fence, a realistic shot to break Terry Dehere’s all-time scoring record held since 1993, win the regular season Big East title, earn a college degree, and resolve unfinished business in the N.C.A.A. tournament were surely all factors to keep Powell docked for one more go-around.

But as the days went on and as Myles continued to impress, especially at the G League Elite Camp earlier this month, fingernails got shorter and a formality turned into a less certain scenario.

Then came an ominous, emoji-only tweet last night with just over 24 hours left on the clock. Anxious? You weren’t the only one.

Looking forward, anxiety should be the last thing on the mind of Seton Hall fans as 2019-20 could shape up to be the most successful for the Pirates since their Sweet 16 run in 2000.

Or, if everything falls into place, think about a decade prior to that.

Right around the time Terry Dehere set the Hall’s at-risk scoring record.

A Pirates legend who may be thought of as an equal to Myles Powell when all the dust settles.