Norman W.C. Powell is the son of Norman Sr. and Sharon Powell and has two older sisters. He was born in San Diego, California in 1993, where he played high school ball at Lincoln High. He led the school to consecutive California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Section 2A championships in 2009 and 2010. The team also captured the 2010 CIF Division II Boys' State Championship. Powell was twice named to the First Team All-State squad and also won the Western League MVP award twice. Powell then attended UCLA, where he earned a degree in history. He hosts an annual summer youth basketball camp back in his hometown of San Diego. Fans can follow Powell on Twitter (@npowell2404) and Instagram (@normanpowell4).