Markus Howard

5-11, 170 Point Guard
Marquette Senior
03/03/99 (21.7 yrs)
Gilbert, AZ
High School
Findlay Prep
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

 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: Measured: 5’9.50” barefoot, 5’11.00” in shoes, 7’7.50” standing reach, 170.8 lbs, and 6’0.25” wingspan at the 2020 NBA Combine … 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 …

Zach Smith 4/3/19