Mike James CSKA Anadolu Efes
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Rick Pitino will coach Iona College next season and gave an interview to New York Post about prospects in the collegiate level among other topics. He named Seton Hall’s Myles Powell as an interesting player, who could make an impact overseas comparing him to CSKA’s star Mike James.

“There’s a player I love in the EuroLeague; he should be in the NBA, his name is Mike James,” the former Panathinaikos coach said. James was the top scorer in the EuroLeague, averaging 21.1 points per game, until the competition decided to suspend its activity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“He’s the leading scorer in the EuroLeague. Myles Powell reminds me of Mike a little bit. Do I think he’ll be in the NBA? I think he’ll try out with a team, but I think he’ll be a terrific player over in Europe and make a lot of money and be very successful.

Could he play in the NBA? I’m sure he could, but I don’t think he’s somebody you’re gonna say he’s definitely gonna make it, but he’s a very talented young man and I think he’ll get a good shot at the NBA,” Pitino added.