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0 - Markus Howard

Marquette 

  • Birthday: 3/3/99
  • NBA Position: Point Guard
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 5-11
  • Wt: 175
  • Hometown: Gilbert, AZ
  • High School: Findlay Prep
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2019

NBA Comparison: Dana Barros

Strengths: He’s a natural shooter/scorer, who is great at creating in space ... Great at probing the pick and roll for scoring opportunities ... He leads all players in on of the power 5 conferences in points as the ball handler in pick and rolls ... Excellent ability to score off the dribble against mismatches ... Has a consistent stroke from the three-point line, shown from his from his 40% average from his 3 years … He has the consistent ability to hit contested shots over defenders ... He has limitless range ... He possesses excellent one-on-one skills ... Has shown the ability to play off the ball, running through screens … He doesn’t need much space to get his shot off ... Superb free throw shooter right around the 90% mark throughout his college career so far ... He’s shown nice touch, especially with his floater that he uses to score over the length of bigger defenders ... He’s great at drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line ... Polished ISO game. Has a nice step back that allows him to create separation from defenders ... He’s great at attacking teams in transition ... Has a very smooth mid-range pullup game ... He has increased his scoring consistently from his rookie year to his junior year ... He can be an effective three-point shooter either off the dribble or off catch and shoot opportunities ... He uses a quick first step to blow by his defenders ... Has a great handle that allows him to get wherever he wants to on the court against almost every defender he faces ... He has excellent work ethic as noted by his teammates and coach Woj ... An extremly explosive scorer who put up 40+ points on numerous occasions in his first two seasons at Marquette ... 

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size and strength, which will make playing defensive a challenge at the next level ... He'll need to focus on getting stronger core strength ... He tends to force up some bad shots during games, some of which was out of necessity as he was called upon to score a lot of points ... He overdribbles at times and gets stuck in traffic, which results in turnovers ...When his shot is off, he will attempt to shoot himself out of a slump rather than facilitate for his teammates ... His small frame makes him a target on switches in the paint ... At times he controls the ball to much, leading to stagnant isolations ... Needs to improve his fundamental defense ... At times he can get lost when he’s not guarding the ball. At the next level that will lead to a ton of easy baskets for the opposing team … One complaint is that he gets too focused on scoring the ball that he doesn’t get his teammates involved. So gaining a better balance will be essential for adapting his game ... He switches too easily on screens rather than fighting to get through them ... He’ll need to work a lot harder to get the same quality shots at the next level ... At 5'11 in shoes, he is undersized to play NBA point guard ... He is a streaky jump shooter… He struggled at times to gain separation when teams put bigger perimeter defenders on him ... Slight frame inhibits him from being able to consistently finish through contact ... Has bad tendencies to shoot the ball early in the clock without anyone else touching the ball ... He sometimes overpenetrates, going too fast to the rim and blows layups that he should easily make ... Should polish his floater and make it a bigger weapon ... Doesn’t shoot many mid range shots for someone with his stroke, which makes him more predicable when trying to score at the next level ...

Outlook: If Markus Howard does decide to declare for the NBA draft, he figures to have a fair deal of interest ... He’s been projected to be a 2nd rounder in this year’s draft ... With today’s emphasis on shooting, he should be able to find a spot in the league with his shooting ability ... He’s proven to be a tremendous shooter from the outside ... He was first in makes, attempts, and he was second in field goal percentage from beyond the arc ... Could fill the role of instant offense off the bench, as long as his defense isn't too a big liability ...

Notes: Founded a Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at Marquette ... During the offseason he traveled to Costa Rica to help build a basketball court for the Courts for Kids nonprofit charity ... He’s very outspoken about mental health and the stigmas that come with seeing a therapist ... His older brother Jordan Howard was the 2018 Southland Conference player of the year at Central Arkansas ... His favorite book is “The Jordan Rules” which he uses to help develop other aspects ...

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