Vincent Edward Mendoza
A player that recently completed his unofficial to the University of Arizona is fast rising point guard Markus Howard. The 2017 prospect spent some time of the road with trips to Indiana, Baylor, Marquette, ASU and now Arizona. PGU caught up with the top 30 guard to talk about how the trip went in Tucson.
“It was real productive, we got a lot done in the short amount of time that I was down there so it was good overall,” he told PGU.
Howard spent the trip with the coaching staff during his time on campus.
“I was with the whole staff and I was with (coach) Miller most of the time but as a whole the entire staff was with us as well,” he said.
The Arizona native had a chance to see McKale Center before but only during renovations, so this time around he came away really impressed with what has come about.
“I went up there a few years ago but they were still renovating so it’s the first time I saw it finally done. The locker room was crazy ridiculous and they just did a great job with it,” he said.
Of course, during the visit Howard had a chance to sit down with the staff and watch film.
“We watched a couple videos on how they could use me in the system, with how I defend and how I can score the ball and how I thrive putting the ball in the basket,” Howard said.
The coaches said they saw a little bit of a former Wildcat star in Howard.
“They compared me to Nick (Johnson) because of how versatile I can be so that was cool,” he said.
“Everyone there takes pride in the basketball program and how supportive they are. Basketball is the main sport there so that’s real nice to see all the support that the team gets,” he added.
“I talked to an academic advisor and we had a real good conversation and how easy things could be to get a job and how all the players stay four years and graduate and the ones that didn’t come back and have finished their degree so that was a big deal to me,” he said. “Its just a great academic school.”
One of the big things that the staff is selling Howard on is tradition, but more so a tradition that he could be a part of for the future.
“The history and how successful they’ve been and they just want to get over the hump and get to Final Fours and get championships. (Sean) Miller told me how I could be a player to get over the hump with that,” he said.
Howard had high praise for Miller’s program.
“What you see is what you get. He’s really chill but when it comes to basketball he’s really intense and his knowledge for the game is outstanding. He has the credentials and that’s a kind of coach that I would like to play for,” he said.