She may have only spent three years in Green and White but Aerial Powers certainly left a mark on East Lansing while she was there and can added her name one more place on Monday when it was announced that she was the 2016 recipent of the George Alderton Female Athlete of the Year.
Powers is a 6'0" forward from Detroit, who played in 96 games for Michigan State (Starting in 94) and amassed career totals of 1817 points, 937 rebounds and 276 assists. She ranks as not only the highest career scorer in school history but also has the record for career average points per game (18.9) and the most points scored in a single season at 697 (she broke her own record of 678 points from last season)
Coach Suzy Merchant has nothing but wonderful things to say about the most recent MSU athlete drafted to the WNBA this April. Merchant told MSU Athletics that Powers is a "one-of-a-kind athlete, elevating the Michigan State women's basketball program."
The WNBA draft was held just last month and it saw Powers being drafted fifth over all by the Dallas Wings. She became the highest overall Spartan to be drafted into the WNBA and only the sixth Spartan to be drafted. She also is just the third women's basketball player in school history to win this award.