Green Forest's Powell earns national junior college honor
HARRISON -- Kodee Powell of North Arkansas College was named a National Junior College Athletic Association second team All-American.
A 5-6 sophomore guard who played high school basketball at Green Forest, Powell averaged 12 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game as the Lady Pioneers went 19-12. She shot 38.6 percent from three-point range and 86.0 percent from the free-throw line.
"I was surprised by the award," Powell said. "But hard work does pay off and that's what went through my head when I found out I had won."
Powell's high school coach, Kyle Farrar, said he is very proud of what she has accomplished.
"I remember her when she came in as a seventh-grader," Farrar said. "And to see where she is at now, is a true testament as to how hard she has worked."
North Arkansas College Coach Stacie Klott said Powell did a great job running her team's offense as a sophomore.
"It is very hard for me to take her off the floor," Klott said. "If I got to rest her, it was usually only for a minute or two, but good things always happened when the ball was in her hands and she did a great job leading the team."
Powell said she wouldn't have been able to earn the All-America recognition without her teammates.
"I just play for my teammates and put it all out there for them," Powell said. "I like making memories for the team and that is what I will remember the most."
Powell has signed a letter of intent to play next season at John Brown University, an NAIA Division I school in Siloam Springs.
"The coach recruited me to pretty much start as a point guard there," Powell said. "Two of their point guards are graduating this year so it is going to be up to me to be the leader."