Dwight Harlan Powell was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Harlan Powell and Jacqueline Weir in 1991. As a youth, he moved to the United States and attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, for three years. During his senior season at IMG, Powell averaged 23.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. During the summer of 2009, he was one of two high school players invited to train with the Canadian national team. Since joining the NBA, Powell has taken part in various charitable causes. He received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for October 2018 in recognition of his efforts to support families battling cancer in the greater Dallas area. In addition, he participated in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program as a coach in 2017 and 2018. Learn more about Powell by following him on Twitter (@DwightPowell33) and Instagram (@dwightpowell). For the first two seasons of his Cardinal career, Powell was a part-time starter. The 6-foot-8 forward provided 8.1 points and 5.2 rebounds. He had a pair of double-doubles, including 11 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Oregon. Powell's minutes dipped as a sophomore since the Cardinal also had Josh Owens, Josh Huestis and Andrew Zimmerman on the roster. Stanford won the NIT Championship and Powell had 18 points and nine rebounds in a win over Illinois State. The Canadian big man established himself as a starter during his junior year. He provided 14.9 points and 8.4 rebounds. He opened the season with a career-high 27 points and bested that three weeks later with 29 points. Powell put up 17 points and 17 rebounds in a loss to USC. Powell won the Pac-12's Most Improved Player award. The Cardinal returned to the NCAA Tournament in Powell's senior season. He averaged 14.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He had 15 points and seven rebounds as Stanford knocked Kansas out in the Round of 32. Powell declared for the 2014 NBA Draft and was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 45th overall pick.