FAYETTEVILLE – Forward Marshawn Powell of the Arkansas men’s basketball team was named a Freshman All-American by Rivals.com after leading the Razorbacks in rebounding during the 2009-10 season and ranking third in scoring.
The national honor is the first for the 6-7 forward from Newport News, Va., and makes him the seventh Razorback freshman to be recognized on a freshman All-America team in Arkansas’ history. Powell was named to Rivals.com’s Freshman All-America Third-Team and is just the third Razorback to earn Rivals.com honors joining Patrick Beverley (2007) and Ronnie Brewer (2004).
Earlier this year Powell picked up a pair of All-SEC honors with the conference coaches as well as the Sporting News naming him to their All-Freshman teams. He was the also the SEC Freshman of the Week on Feb. 1, after a pair of Arkansas victories over Mississippi State and Ole Miss where he averaged 14.0 points and 7.5 rebounds.
"This is a great honor for Marshawn," Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey said. "He is consistently one of the hardest workers that we have and this is a reflection of that. As a staff we are very proud of what he was able to accomplish and know that with his work ethic, he can make great strides in the off season to become an even better player."
Powell was one of four Southeastern Conference players to be named to one of the three freshman All-America teams joining John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, both on the first team, and Kenny Boynton of Florida, third team. Powell was the only Razorback to start all 32 Arkansas contests this season and he averaged 14.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while leading the team with 42 blocked shots, 215 rebounds and a .500 shooting percentage.