Niagara’s men’s basketball team added a wing forward and a point guard, the university announced.
They are Kierell Green, a 6-foot-7, 175-pounder from Washington, D.C., and Dwayne Pow, a 5-10 guard from the Bronx. The signings bring to 12 the number of scholarship players on coach Chris Casey’s roster.
Green, who announced his commitment in June, fills a big need for a long, developmental wing player. He only started playing organized basketball two years ago, so he’s a prospect for a red-shirt season as a freshman. He averaged 11 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.7 blocks last season for the Integrated Design and Electronic Academy, a D.C. charter school.
“Kierell has big upside in his development,” Casey said. “At 6-foot-7, he can guard multiple positions and can score the ball inside and from the perimeter. He is extremely active on both ends of the floor, and we love is shot blocking ability.”
Green was named most improved D.C. player and first-team all-D.C. by the website DMVelite.com. Green has a family connection to Niagara basketball. His cousin, Malcolm Lemmons, played for the Purple Eagles from 2010-13. He also had a scholarship offer from South Carolina-Upstate.
Pow played the 2014-15 season for Mineral Area College, a junior college in Park Hills, Mo. He averaged 9.8 points and 5.2 assists and helped the school to a 27-4 record. He spent last season with Clarendon College in Texas but did not play. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
“We are excited to have Dwayne join our program,” Casey said. “He will be a great addition at the point-guard position. Dwayne will help us get out in transition and he has an outstanding ability to get other players shots.”
Point guard is wide open for the Purple Eagles. Niagara recruited a freshman true point from Detroit, James Towns, who averaged 24 ppg last season for his high school team. It also recruited a combo guard, Shane Gatling, from Long Island. Niagara has a lot of players in the Nos. 2 and 3 positions, including returning starter Matt Scott and 6-5 transfer Kevin Larkin, who sat out last season. It’s also counting on a big role for 6-foot Khalil Dukes, a transfer shooting guard who transferred from Southern California.