Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor
Position: Point Guard
Class: Senior (transfer from the University of Maryland)
High School: Oak Hill Academy (Wilson, VA)
Game: Howard is an impeccable perimeter defender who Maryland always relied on to guard its opponent's toughest players. He is not a high-scoring point guard but is a really effective passer, posting 20 games with five or more assists. He brings a lot of experience to a young Trojans team as he has played in 84 college games, starting in 44 of those games.
Prep Career: Howard began his basketball career at Oak Hill Academy as just the second sophomore starter under head coach Steve Smith but soon reached a new level of success as he averaged 14 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.0 steals during his senior season at the Academy leading his team to a 29-4 season. In his junior year, he was the starting point guard that led his team to an impressive 40-1 season.
2012-2013 season: For the Maryland Terps, Howard averaged 3.3 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds in just 22.8 minutes per game as he helped lead the Terps in their run throughout the NIT Championship. Because of his performance as a point guard for the Terps, Howard was on the Dec. 20 watch list for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. He performed exceptionally off the court as well as the honor roll student was a two-time recipient of the Samuel J. LeFrak Scholarship that is given out to Maryland athletes who exhibit extraordinary athletic leadership and academic achievement.
To quote Howard: "It gets tense. There's a lot of pressure out here because guys want to win games. I just try to make sure we're still having fun and be that calm, big brother type of role for the team."