Richard Howell - Is MSU Still Interested?

As information out of Georgia slowed to a trickle, people wondered if MSU was still interested in Howell and if Howell was interested in Michigan State.

ATLANTA - Everyone knows how talented Richard Howell, Jr. of Marietta Wheeler high school is. They also know that Michigan State was extremely interested in Howell at one point, but as information out of Georgia slowed to a trickle, people wondered if MSU was still interested in Howell and if Howell was interested in Michigan State.

After a lot of hard work and even a flight to Atlanta, GSN was able to finally catch up with Howell (as well as teammate Ari Stewart) in an attempt to find out where the versatile duo stand with the Spartans.

Howell, ever the gentleman, set the record straight immediately; he is very interested in Michigan State and they are still very interested in him.

"I talked to them a couple of days ago," said Howell. He also confirmed that the Spartans have indeed offered him and while he hasn't made a decision on his collegiate choice, MSU is still very high on his list.

"I'm interested in Michigan State, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee and Auburn. They're all about the same right now."

So when will he start narrowing down his list? "I've been thinking about that a little bit. I'll probably sit down and start looking at schools, probably in the next few weeks."

Howell said he still keeps in touch with former Wheeler swingman Chris Allen. "He's been telling me about the academics and how things are going OK up there for him."

The 6-foot-7 prodigy says he keeps in regular touch with MSU assistant coach Mark Montgomery and that they are telling him they could use him at the wing. The ever confident Howell said he could play at the off guard or any of the five positions on the floor.

He said that he and teammate Ari Stewart did that successfully all season long for Wheeler as they made their run to the State Finals.

They were defeated 57-54 in the championship game by the three-time consecutive champion Norcross Blue Devils, led by Wake Forest bound McDonald's All-American power forward Al-Farouq Aminu's 15 points.

For the next few weeks, Wheeler will join his AAU team Worldwide.

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