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Syracuse Basketball: Frank Howard Talks 2-3 Zone, His Tattoo and Penny Hardaway

The Voice of the Orange Matt Park meets with incoming freshman guard Franklin Howard.

Rising freshman Frank Howard has come to Syracuse by way of Maryland. Howard, originally from Suitland, turned down offers from Georgetown, Virginia, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Maryland to become a Syracuse Orange. Adrian Autry, a former assistant at Howard's high school, was able to get the 6-foot-5 combo guard to commit with his hometown being less than 30 minutes away from Georgetown and College Park.

Howard -- who will be the first player to don the No. 1 since Michael Carter-Williams, another tall guard -- figures to be Syracuse's most underrated recruit in the 2015 class. While missing his junior season with a torn ACL, Howard didn't get a chance to showcase his abilities on the court, which are virtually endless. Howard can play both guard positions -- he has excellent court vision, he can score from all over the floor and has a high basketball IQ.

Matt Park caught up with Howard and Tyler Lydon who have both been on campus during summer sessions. Howard speaks on how effective he can be in the zone, how Penny Hardaway is the most famous person he's ever met, (he plays just like him) and what he plans to study at Syracuse.