Howard Stays Focused
Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) is a high school basketball powerhouse known for producing elite players. The Panthers head coach Glenn Farello has another crop of talented players on his team this season, including one of the top guards in the 2015 class: Franklin Howard. Howard is a versatile guard, a natural scorer who can distribute with ease. His skill set has caught the of eye of a number of big time college coaches, including: Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and Ohio State among others.
Unfortunately, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound combo guard tore his ACL in September, but the injury isn't scaring away those recruiting him. In fact, he has heard from a number of other programs despite his injury, including: Kansas and Syracuse.
Howard had actually planned visit Kansas last weekend (October 3), but he was sick and unfortunately could not make the trip. He does plan on taking a few more visits in the near future, including a trip to upstate New York for Syracuse's midnight madness on October 18, and hopes to get out to Ohio State sometime in November or December.
Maryland is another school that has been pressing hard for Howard, and his former AAU Team Takeover teammate 2014 guard Dion Wiley is already committed to the Terps. Howard grew up watching Maryland and had high praise for the Terps coaching staff.
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett was one of the first coaches to reach out to Howard after his injury, and the gesture meant a lot to the young prospect. Howard's relationship with the Cavaliers' head coach will keep UVa in the race down the stretch.
Howard talks about how he plans to return better than ever, his recruitment, and his relationship with the aforementioned coaches in the video below.
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