"I just felt that it was a good fit," he told Scout.com. "I talked to a lot of people and I thought it was a good place for me with Greivis [Vasquez] leaving and I think I can I get a lot of playing time."
Howard, a standout at Mouth of Wilson(Va.) Oak Hill, also considered Virginia, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Northwestern and South Florida. The Terrapins stepped up their efforts with the 6-foot-2 guard recently, but he's known their staff for years.
"They decided that they wanted me," Howard said. "They are going to try and get another big. They they thought I was going sign early when I didn't they got back on me.
"I've known coach Dreisell since 8th grade," he added. "Coach Rob [Ehsan] and Keith Booth they've talked to me a lot and I like coach Williams. I've known him for about year."