- After a standout schoolboy career at Mission High in Roxbury, where he was tutored by Frank Power, Phil Powell enjoyed an equally impressive collegiate career at the Heights.
- Slowed by an ankle injury suffered in his first varsity contest, Powell saw glimpses of action in 20 of the team's 22 games in his sophomore season. The following season, with Don Martin having assumed the head coaching duties, Powell rose to prominence. In fact, Coach Martin described the 6-3 Powell's rise to fame "phenomenal."
- Powell, who commuted to school from his home in Jamaica Plain, became known for his uncanny offensive and defensive rebounding ability. Labeled BC's own "Mr. Rebounder," Powell grabbed 30 rebounds in one game (against Brandeis on Dec. 16, 1954) and averaged 19.0 rebounds per game in 1954-55, his senior season.
- Not satisfied with only his basketball duties, Powell was also active in intramural football and softball during his days at the Heights.
- Inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.