USC Men's Basketball

Former Gamecock hoops great joins state champ Ridge View coaching staff

After a productive career at South Carolina and overseas, Carlos Powell is giving coaching a try.

The former Gamecock standout is joining Ridge View boys basketball coaching staff, coach Yerrick Stoneman announced Wednesday.

Powell will be the Blazers’ assistant varsity and head JV coach. He replaces Christian Savage, who left to become head coach at South Florence.

“Carlos Powell has a high basketball mind and truly understands how to teach the game. He will also add additional knowledge of player development,” Stoneman said. “But what I am most excited about is that he has done what our players want to do, played and completed at the highest level. Our kids now have someone at their disposal who knows what it takes to be a pro.”

Powell was all-SEC selection for the Gamecocks and the 2005 MVP for the NIT tournament. He finished his career with 1,541 points, 641 rebounds in 132 games. He is the eighth leading scorer in school history.

After college, Powell had stints on NBA training camp rosters with Phoenix and Golden State.

Powell played overseas for more than a decade with stops in Israel, Iran, New Zealand, South Korea and Venezuela. He also played in the NBA D-League and Continental Basketball Association.

Ridge View is coming off back-to-back Class 4A championships and returns several key players including USC commit Ja’Von Benson and Division I prospect Tyler Rice.

Lou Bezjak is the High School Sports Prep Coordinator for The State and Island Packet. He has covered high school sports in South Carolina for 16 years and is a two-time South Carolina Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.