Checking in with Pe'Shon Howard

TSR checks in with recent Maryland commit Pe'Shon Howard.

Recently, the Maryland Terrapins added a fourth member to their 2010 recruiting class. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) guard Pe'Shon Howard will now join forward Mychal Parker, forward Ashton Pankey, and guard Terrell Stoglin in College Park next year. The Terps gained the 6-foot-2, 195 pound guard's commitment over UCLA, Northwestern, Virginia, USC, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, South Florida, Harvard, and Stanford.

The Terps seemed to offer everything that Howard was looking for. The Comcast Center environment, an opportunity for early playing time, and the comfort that both the Maryland coaching staff, especially Assistant Coach Chuck Driesell, and current Terps players gave him made Maryland the right fit for Howard.

“The fact that I could play early in the ACC and the environment they had was important,” said Howard. “The coaching staff and the players also helped. I felt really accepted.”

It also did not hurt that Howard can now play for a coach like Gary Williams (Maryland's head coach), who has amassed 625 wins and a National Championship in 31 seasons.

Howard currently plays for Oak Hill Academy coach Steve Smith, who has amassed a career record of 756-44 with seven National Championships in his 24 seasons at Oak Hill Academy.

While neither coach is currently in the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame, both have a very good shot at being inducted at some point in the future. Howard's commitment seemed cemented with the opportunity to play for another successful coach, this time at the collegiate level.

“The opportunity to play for Coach Williams is what really helped make my decision,” Howard said. “I've played for a Hall of Fame coach in high school, so why not look for the same in college.”

While Howard is officially a Maryland Terrapin, he still has one final season at Oak Hill Academy. He has averaged 15 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds per game so far this season, helping Oak Hill to an 18-1 record. After this season ends, Howard will start to prepare for his career in College Park.

“I'm going to be on campus as much as possible when the summer starts to work out with the team and try to understand what the coaches want me to do,” Howard said.

Once Howard arrives on campus, Terp fans will be very interested to see what he can bring to the team. Howard seems to be concerned only with winning, which should make Maryland fans pleased.

“I can do a lot of different things well, so I will do anything we need to win,” Howard said. “I will also bring a winning attitude.”

With All-ACC guard Greivis Vasquez in his final season at Maryland, the Terps will need to replace roughly 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists per game. Maryland is glad that Pe'Shon Howard is a piece of the puzzle which will help continue the success of the program next season. If his collegiate career resembles his high school career, Howard will help lead the Terps to many victories in his time in College Park.

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