Howard will bring versatility to Syracuse

With the Franklin Howard commitment, Syracuse now has three verbal pledges in the 2015 class. What will he add to their recruiting class?

Franklin Howard made his commitment to Syracuse official Monday evening, becoming the third junior to give a verbal pledge to Jim Boeheim.

Howard joins wing Malachi Richardson and forward Tyler Lydon. Richardson is known for his ability to put up points, while Lydon is a face up four-man with athleticism and versatility.

So what type of game does Howard bring to the table?

"I think it's just his feel for the game that stands out the most," Fairfax (Va.) Paul coach Glenn Farello said. "He's a natural scorer, but his decision making and ability to make people around him better [stand out]. He's a really good distributor as well. He has the ability to get to the basket and the ability to shoot the ball."

On the flip side, Farello says going forward Howard needs to focus on improving things on the defensive end.

"I just want him to use his length and athleticism to make more of an impact on the defensive end," he said. "Deflections, steals, rebounds, he's a very capable defender, but I want him to be ready at the next level to guard at that level."

"When you're 6-6, 185 and you continue to add strength and that would help his game overall," Farello added. "Those are two areas of work that I want him to concentrate on."

Farello also believes Syracuse is a good fit for the 6-foot-6, 185-pound guard.

"I think it's a perfect fit," he said. "They laid out a good framework for him. His length and size for position, he uses ball screens well and with how they attack, I think from a style of play standpoint it's a perfect fit for Frank."

Howard was forced to the sidelines during his junior season due to a ruptured ACL. Prior to the injury, Howard showed his versatility from the guard position. A good athlete, Howard is a capable shot maker from mid-range and is a talented passer.

Scout.com's currently ranks Howard as the No. 58 overall player and No. 17 at the shooting guard position.


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