One of 2017’s top West Coast point guards made another trip to USA Basketball this weekend for the Junior National Team Minicamp in Markus Howard.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound 2017 point guard from Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep always has success as a shooter and an on the ball defender and he showed his ability to do both.
“With this being my third time, I think I have a lot of experience,” Howard said. “I think that played a big role in how I played; I think I played pretty well. I was very competitive in drills and I did well in scrimmage as well. I’m used to it by now.”
Since making the move from Gilbert (Ariz.) Perry to Findlay Prep, Howard has had the chance to leave Nevada and unofficially visit some of the schools recruiting him, such as Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Indiana and Marquette.
The four-star prospect broke down what he likes about the schools he tripped to.
Arizona: “It’s a powerhouse and about an hour and a half from my house. Coach (Sean) Miller is a great coach and I have a great relationship with coach (Mark) Phelps. I really like the program and they fit me well.”
Arizona State: “It’s 20 minutes from my house. Coach (Bobby) Hurley’s credentials speak for themselves; he played under coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and played in the NBA. He knows his point guards and works very well with them.”
Baylor: “They’re great people. I’ve gotten a great feel with coach (Scott) Drew and (Grant) McCasland; those guys are great. You can tell the guys really love the program because the former players come back and see the coaches. I got a great feel for them on my visit there.”
Indiana: “Coach (Tom) Crean is an offensive guru and really knows his stuff. He knows his players and point guards. He’s a very smart coach.”
Marquette: “I have a great relationship with Stan Johnson; he recruited me when he was at ASU. I know him really well. I like Wojo a lot too.”
Even though Howard has been active in his recruitment, he’s still taking his time before making a decision.
“I’m just focused on the season at Findlay,” Howard said. “I’m taking it one day at a time, trying to get better. Hopefully that translates when I get to college. I’m in no rush.”