EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Playing in the NCAA Basketball Tournament is a goal for every college basketball player, and one Tri-State student-athlete is getting a chance to realize that dream.
The 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four is officially set.
No. 1 seeds Gonzaga and Baylor made it to this stage without issue, while No. 11 seed UCLA unexpectedly completed its journey from the First Four to the Final Four after barely qualifying for the Big Dance.
The team rounding out this year’s Final Four is the No. 2 seed Houston Cougars, whose roster includes Bosse High School graduate Kiyron Powell.
The former Bosse star is currently a freshman for head coach Kelvin Sampson’s group. Although Powell hasn’t gotten much playing time in the tournament, he has certainly received plenty of camera time.
Powell has been the biggest cheerleader on the Cougars bench, which is celebrating the program’s first Final Four since Phi Slama Jama in 1984.
For those who know Powell the most, they can’t miss his big old smile on the sidelines.
“This year, playing-wise, a lot of things didn’t go his way, but what I am by far the most proud of is the way he’s handled himself on the sidelines,” Bosse basketball coach Shane Burkhart said. “The camera finds him all the time because of that great big smile. So you see him everywhere, and he’s celebrating constantly. The neat thing is that through all of this, I think that he’s found another home because the people in Houston love him. The coaching staff and his teammates love him, and although he’s not the guy right now that’s going out and playing 25 minutes and scoring 15 points, he is the greatest teammate.”
Powell and the Cougars will compete for a spot in the national championship against Baylor at 4:14 CST on Saturday.