NBA Position: PF
Hometown: Marietta, GA
High School: Wheeler High School
Ceiling: Paul Milsap
Basement: DeJuan Blair
NBA Comparison: Patrick Patterson
- High Motor
- Tough, Physical Athlete
- Face-Up Four
- Elite Rebounder
- Elite Offensive Rebounder
- Quality Defender
- Offensive Moves
This season has been a breakout year in a lot of ways for the Wolfpack big man. As a junior he put up quality numbers and played well, especially down the stretch, but he has raised his game to an NBA level this season.
Athletically Howell is about average for his position. He does not get above the rim on every offensive possession finishing more around the rim with a soft touch. When he gets a rebound that is where Howell flashes his athleticism. He is not an athlete that can lead the break consistently, but has shown the ability to rebound the ball, take three to four dribbles to half-court, and get the break started. Watching him do that shows his athleticism and versatility as a basketball player.
Rebounding is where Howell makes his mark and will make his money at the next level. He has a very high motor and competes for every rebound. Howell creates angles with his activity and technique. There is never a rebound on either end of the floor that Howell is not in contention for no matter the opponent.
On the offensive glass he is 10th in the Nation and 1st in the ACC which features lottery picks Alex Len, Mason Plumlee, and James McAdoo.
For his career he is the 6th most productive offensive rebounder in the past 15 years in college basketball. He moves around well and tracks the ball on the offensive end rather than hunting for his shot. On the defensive end he does a good job keeping a body on his man to make sure he wins the individual rebounding match-up to have position to close out the defensive possession.
Howell is a quality defender despite lacking traditional size. He is undersized as a four in the NBA and plays the five in college allowing him to gain experience playing against bigger, stronger players. Average length, quality strength on the block, both are needed to make the transition to the four full-time in the NBA.
Most of Howell’s points come from his rebounding and his energy. Also, nearly all of them come from in the paint or at the free-throw line. He is not a prolific scorer with an arsenal of moves.
Inside 12-feet Howell is an efficient scorer. He is not a stretch-four that ranges out to 20-feet or the NBA three, he knows his role and limitations and plays to them well. Howell knows his strengths and what he needs to do to be a great player. Rebounding, defending, energy, and hustle are what make Howell a potential first round pick.