From Hampton to Hempstead: Deron Powers says he's transferring to Hofstra

kholtzman@vagazette.com

Deron Powers will play his final collegiate basketball season at Hofstra, the former Williamsburg Christian Academy standout said Friday.

After posting 1,080 points and 395 assists in three seasons for Hampton University, Powers announced his decision to transfer in June.

The 5-foot-11 point guard will have to sit out one season in compliance with NCAA rules before he's eligible to play a game for Hofstra, which finished fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association in 2014-15 and posted a 20-14 overall record. He'll have one year of eligibility remaining.

“The vibe I got up there when I went to visit,” Powers said, “how seriously they take basketball up there -- I definitely think it's a good move.”

Powers averaged 10.1 points for Hampton and a team-leading 3.8 assists last season, helping the Pirates to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament title and subsequent NCAA tourney berth.

Powers said he was recruited in high school by Hofstra assistant coach Mike Farrely, who was then at Niagara.

The whole process this summer was a little like high school for Powers, who also considered Nevada, Liberty, Iona and Albany.

Ultimately, the Hempstead, N.Y., campus is where Powers felt most comfortable and where he felt his style of play was best suited.

He'll enter as Hofstra star senior guard Juan'ya Green is exiting.

Joining a CAA school means Powers will get at least a couple of trips back to Virginia to play when the Pride visits William and Mary and James Madison.

“That's the first thing everybody said,” Powers said of the future trip back home to Williamsburg. “'We should come to that game. That game will be hype.'“

Powers said the impending year away from competitive action should be a good thing.

“It will give me a whole year to get in shape and my body right,” he said, “not only the season that I play, but my career after that.”

Holtzman can be reached by phone at 757-345-2352.

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