Returning from an injury has become all too familiar for Powell.
"It's hard. Real real hard," Powell said. "Once your mind gets off one injury, you think you're good. You're playing good basketball then boom. Another one comes."
After rehabbing from foot surgery following the 2011 season, Powell blew out his ACL just two games into his junior year.
"It's just hard man," Powell explained. "It's like starting over. It's like pushing a boulder up a hill then having it roll right back down on you."
"His mentality is just so strong," junior guard Rickey Scott described. "He just keeps on fighting. If I had that injury, I'd be down on myself. I wouldn't want to keep working out. He stayed working in that gym."
After a season of watching from the sidelines and enduring physical therapy, Powell describes himself as 95%.
"I thought it would be truly take me longer but I just worked," Powell said. "I did everything my coaches wanted me to do and it helped me a lot."
"If we had to play a game, he could play a game and be effective," head coach Mike Anderson said. "Sometimes when you have an injury, it's like a mental block. That's why I was glad we had a chance to go and play over in Italy."
"Marshawn looks very good on the court," sophomore guard BJ Young said. "I know he's capable of doing anything we ask him to right now."
If the laws of karma apply to basketball, Marshawn Powell's due for quite a resurgence.
"Mentally, I had to keep telling myself that something else is better for me, something else good is going to happen to me," Powell said. "All these bad things happening to me now, something good is going to turn up for me."