Howell tries the point

Jordan Howell may see significant action as Tennessee's backup point guard this basketball season, and he's excited about the prospect. No wonder. He didn't see significant action at ANY position last year.

Utilized exclusively at off guard in 2004-05, the 6-3 sophomore guard from Auburn, Ala., played in just 19 of Tennessee's 31 games. He averaged a mere six minutes and 1.1 points per game when he did manage to leave the bench.

New head coach Bruce Pearl has decided to give him a look at the point this preseason, however, and Howell is thrilled to be getting the opportunity.

"I'm extremely excited about that," he said. "I played point guard all four years of high school. I didn't get to play it my redshirt year or last year but Coach Pearl is putting confidence in me about running the point, and I'm very, very excited about running his type of offense.

"He likes running and shooting the 3s, and that's what I love to do, so I'm very excited."

Howell was a superb outside shooter in high school, hitting 47 percent of his 3-point tries as a senior. That shooting ability, coupled with his quickness, should make him a good fit for Pearl's up-tempo style of play.

"This is what I've wanted in a college style of play – run, shoot 3s, press," Howell said. "That's how I played in high school and that's how I play my best."

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