After classmates and future teammates Tyler Lydon and Moustapha Diagne signed their national letters of intent with the Syracuse Orange on Wednesday, the class of 2015 shooting guard Frank Howard decided to do the same on Thursday.
Howard, ranked 74th according to the ESPN 100, is part of a 2015 recruiting class for the Orange that currently features four players and is ranked fourth in the nation. The early signing period for basketball recruits started on Wednesday and will continue until November 19th. Fellow guard Malachi Richardson, the 19th best player in the class according to ESPN, is expected to sign his NLI on Saturday.
Howard, a 6'4" combo guard, is a senior at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va. One of his teammates is junior small forward V.J. King, who just transferred to the school from Ohio and is considering joining the Orange in college. Ranked 16th in the ESPN 100 for the class of 2016, King told Syracuse.com last week that Howard has been pushing him to consider Syracuse. Maybe Howard can drag him along for the ride.
Howard's versatility and ability to be a playmaker have him leaning towards making a switch to the point guard position. His good size and length for his position make him a perfect fit for the Orange on both ends, especially if they decide to start pushing the tempo on offense within the next couple of seasons.