TOC: Richard Howell Q&A

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Marietta (GA) Wheeler power forward Richard Howell anchors the frontline of the World Wide Renegades Orange AAU team.

Marietta (GA) Wheeler power forward Richard Howell anchors the frontline of the World Wide Renegades Orange AAU team.

At 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds, Howell plays with a little nasty streak. Every possession he gives everything he has, and if he doesn't touch it out of the halfcourt offense he'll go and clean the boards.

Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 81 player in the country by, Howell has landed several scholarship offers and NC State continues to express heavy interest.

Pack Pride spoke with Howell following one of his games, and we will have highlights of him in action later this week.

What scholarship offers do you have on the table?
Michigan State, Tennessee, Marquette, Virginia Tech, Auburn, and Oregon.

Are any of those schools standing out to you right now?
Marquette and Oregon are really standing out to me. I like everyone else, but those two are sticking out the most.

Since J.J. [Hickson] played for your AAU team, has he mentioned NC State to you at all?
Yeah, a little bit. He wants me to come here.

Has anyone got a hold of you or contacted you from State?
Sidney Lowe, coach Lowe has.

How long ago did he contact you?
Probably during high school ball, after we [Wheeler] got done playing against Word of God.

I know you wanted to get the decision process over with in the spring, have you since decided to wait it out and see who really wants you the most?
I wanted to make my decision right when AAU season started, but right now I just want to see who really wants me to come to their school.

What do you want to work on this summer?
Work on my jump shot and going to the left. That's basically it, just my shooting off the dribble and going to my left.

You said you injured your back last year, are you close to being back to where you were before the injury?
The good thing about it, I'm only 75-80%, but I'm going to work. I'm getting my team involved and winning. I'm trying to get healthy, I'm rehabbing and everything.

What's it like playing with Ari Stewart?
It's good chemistry. We've known each other since fourth or fifth grade, since I moved down here. It's good playing with someone you've known for a long time and that you're friends with on the court as well as off the court.

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