"I remember just seeing the Duke game at Syracuse," Howard said. "I remember watching that on TV with my parents and thinking it gets no better than that. The best conference in America and maybe the best conference ever. They wanted me, so I didn't want to give up that opportunity."
On Monday, Howard, a standout at Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI, officially committed to Jim Boeheim and his staff at Syracuse.
"Basically there's nothing to dislike about Syracuse," Howard told Scout.com. "Their track record is ridiculous with the numerous guards they've had over the years and how they've developed them."
"One example they gave to me was they think I'm similar to Michael Carter-Williams," he added. "In their eyes, they have me starting as a combo and after my freshman year they see me taking over a point guard role. They told me they are going to develop me into a point guard and lead my team."
Syracuse assistant Adrian Autry has ties to the D.C. area and even spent time at Paul VI as an assistant coach. Howard said Autry was one of the primary reasons he opted to commit to Syracuse.
"I would say he's the reason I'm going there to be honest," Howard said. "He did a great job recruiting me. He broke it down with me from the beginning and was completely honest."
"I have good relationships with coach [Gerry McNamara] and coach [Mike] Hopkins," he added. "I think they have a great coaching staff as a whole and it doesn't get any better than coach Boeheim."
Howard's only visit to Syracuse was an unofficial on November 9th.
"Syracuse University as a whole, I love everything about them honestly," he said. "I didn't want to be anywhere else."
The Orange now have three top 100 commitments in the 2015 class, which is more than any other school. Howard, who ranks No. 58 overall, joins five-star wing Malachi Richardson and four-star power forward Tyler Lydon.