Howard, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard who plays his prep ball for Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI, averaged 10 points, six rebounds, and three assists as sophomore. His overall play has led to scholarship offers from several high-major programs.
Georgetown, NC State, Maryland, Miami, Villanova, Seton Hall, and Virginia Tech are just some of the schools that have extended scholarship offers.
Last fall he made the trip to Raleigh for an unofficial visit and left impressed with the Wolfpack.
"NC State was great," said Howard. "I went up there with one of my high school teammates, Marcus Derrickson.
"We watched a football game, walked around the campus. I loved it, loved the environment."
Howard is being recruited by NC State assistant coach Rob Moxley.
"He's a great guy," Howard said of Moxley. "He's a lovable guy who showed me a lot of hospitality when I went up there. I love the guy."
Rated the No. 10 shooting guard in the 2015 class by Scout.com, Howard has a versatile game. He's capable of creating for himself but also being a facilitator on the wing.
"I try to model my game after Penny Hardaway," he said. "That's who I try to play like... a combo guard who can score and pass."
He admits that he isn't in a rush to make a decision.
"I'm trying to do it at the end of the junior year or before my senior year," Howard said. "Really, I'm just going to make it whenever I'm ready."
While he doesn't have a leader, it's obvious that NC State is a major player at this point in time.
"They are definitely going to be up there at the top of the list."