Oak Hill combo guard Howard to visit USF
Another new name in USF basketball recruiting, as the Bulls' search for a combo guard now includes a three-year starter for one of the nation's top prep programs: Pe'Shon Howard of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia will visit the Bulls in two weeks and likely choose between USF and Marquette.
"He'll be a third-year starter, and he's gotten much, much better. He's just a big, strong, physical guard," Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said Thursday. "He's a real good passer with a good feel for the game. He can drive, but he has good 3-point range, too. I think he'll be a really good player in college."
Howard, 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, is originally from Los Angeles but spent a year in the Cleveland area before enrolling at Oak Hill before his sophomore year. Smith said Virginia and Virginia Tech were recruiting him but have since gotten commitments from other guards, and after initially deciding he would sign in the spring period after his senior year, Smith said Howard now plans on signing early after visiting Marquette and USF in the next two weeks.
Howard has played alongside elite-level players -- as a sophomore, he started in the same backcourt with Brandon Jennings, who is now with the Milwaukee Bucks, and last season, he lined up with Momo Jones, who will play at Arizona this coming season. Howard averaged about 8 points and 6 assists last season, Smith said, but he expects his scoring to be up significantly as a senior.
There are other names we're chasing down, but this appears to be one of the targets the Bulls are focusing on at guard, with two other scholarships going to a big wing and a big man inside. ...