Tuesday, June 12
Recruiting Update: Xavier Howard by Jeff Stroud, Publisher of PrepColorado.com
Recruiting Update: Xavier Howard
By Jeff Stroud
Posted Jun 11, 2007
After a season off from high school basketball, Xavier Howard is ready to get back on the court and establish himself once again, as one of Colorado’s top basketball prospects.
Nearly two years ago as a sophomore at Skyview High School, Xavier Howard was one of the brightest young stars on the recruiting horizon in the state of Colorado. In the 2005 season, Howard scored nearly eighteen points a game and pulled down seven boards, helping to lead the Wolverines to a successful season. Many websites, recruiters, sports fans and hopeful alumni from various college programs had Xavier as a player to watch and then it all seemed to disappear. Due to various issues, Xavier was unable to play high school ball his junior year, often the most crucial in the recruiting process. Due to this, Xavier fell off the radar.
With his senior year fast approaching, the 6’4 190 pound Howard is working hard to get a chance to revive his once promising basketball career. Currently, Howard is enrolled at traditional basketball power Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado and hopes to help the Buffaloes make a run at a 5A title. Howard has taken his ACT and is awaiting test results and is currently enrolled in classes to make up credits. In regard to basketball, in preparation for his senior campaign, Howard is playing a very rigorous club ball schedule for the Colorado Hawks. This summer, for the Hawks, Howard is getting much needed work at the one and two guard spots. In college, Howard feels that he can play the two, but that many schools are looking at him to play the one spot.
The ability to play both guard spots, strong athleticism and solid performances at high profile tournaments, have placed Howard back on the radar of college recruiters. According to Howard, Nevada, Illinois State, Long Beach State, Kansas, Northern Colorado and Wyoming have been contacting him. As a player, Howard feels his greatest strength is “getting to the hole, creating for my teammates.” and that his weakness is, “Probably defense… My coach says I’m not in my defensive stance, so just working on that.” With increased maturity and multiple games under his belt from the spring and summer playing in numerous tournaments, Xavier Howard is ready to bring his game back and beyond where it was those two seasons ago.