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Markus Howard

School

Marquette University

Position
Guard
Major
Digital Media
Markus Howard Finalist

Classroom

An Academic All-BIG EAST selection, Howard will graduate in the spring of 2020 with a degree in digital media.

Character

Howard is a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee, one of only two student-athletes in the nation. Howard, along with another student-athlete, recently founded the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter on campus. Howard has also been a vocal leader in the area of mental health awareness, opening up about the struggles many student-athletes endure when balancing the stresses of academics and competition. Howard was also invited to the 2019 NCAA Elite Athlete Symposium and has served as co-captain of the team.

Community

Howard collects nearly 100 hours of community service per year, working with groups like Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Reading with the Golden Eagles, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hunger Cleanup, Al’s & Briggs Run & Walk, Boys & Girls Club and more.  He recently completed a Make-A-Wish visit with Nick Herrmann, a basketball player from California, who is battling cancer.

Competition

A Second Team All-America honoree as a junior in 2018-19, Howard was also named the BIG EAST Player of the Year. Howard is Marquette’s all-time leading scorer and has a chance to become the top scorer in BIG EAST history. He is nationally regarded as one of the top returning players in the country. Howard was a unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team honoree in 2019-20 and is a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, Lute Olson Award (midseason), Citizen Naismith Award, Oscar Robertson Award and Wooden Award (midseason top-25 list for second-straight year). He was also named a Sporting News Midseason First Team All-American, Associated Press Preseason All-America Team, and Unanimous All-BIG EAST Preseason First Team selection.  Howard was the only person in 2018-2019 to finish in the top-10 in the nation in scoring and free throw percentage and is already in possession of multiple Marquette single-game, season and career records. Howard was an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection as a sophomore and during his freshman season led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage.