Height/Weight: 5’11, 174 lbs
Markus Howard is a baller and we can say that confidently. He is one of the best in the nation at scoring the rock and that’s the most appealing part of his game. He does such an excellent job of creating his own shot and barely needs any space to get it off.
Howard does it all when creating the shot, you name it. He’ll use the step-back, in an out dribble move, and so many other go-tos to get himself separation from the defender.
Markus Howard has such a smooth offensive game and heats up like a microwave. He makes some pretty ridiculous shots as well when attacking the rim which includes a nice floater that is surely in his bag.
There are a couple main weaknesses that are apparent when watching Markus play. The first one is his defense, specifically his defensive fundamentals. Markus Howard is a huge liability in the paint due to his lack of size. The opposition loves throwing him into a pick and roll and forcing Howard to switch onto the big. Then once he switches, he seems like he doesn’t really know what to do:
In this play, it’s hard to tell what Howard was even doing. Marquette shouldn’t be willing to switch as much and they should force Howard to fight over that screen and stay with his guy. As soon as Markus Howard had to switch, he was doomed and looked just confused and lost.
Another weakness on that side of the ball is the fact that Howard becomes a ball watcher too often:
Originally he does a good job of keeping an eye on his man, but as he shades towards the top of the key, Markus Howard loses track of him. Now, thankfully, this didn’t hurt Marquette in any way, but it will hurt his team at the next level with better surrounding talent.
Markus Howard also isn’t a terrific play-maker. He lacks the confidence to be an elite passer. He always seems to second guess himself and it leads to poor decision making. It’ll be extremely hard for him to excel at the next level with poor decision making skills given that he is too small to be any other position and must be one to be a solid point in the NBA.
Markus Howard can shoot the ball with some of the best in the game. He’ll be one of the leaders in points in college basketball this season and that should come as no surprise. He has the pure offensive talent to surely be considered a draft pick. The problem is his defense and the fact that we can confidently say that he’ll be a huge liability on that end at the next level. Either way, Markus Howard will definitely be playing basketball after college and wherever he ends up, he’ll be putting up some crazy scoring numbers. For now, he’ll need to put on some more muscle and work on those defensive techniques to be considered for a draft pick following his senior year.