Twymond Howard has had an on-again, off-again relationship with football over the past few years.
The Pearl (Miss.) product was one of the top players in the state as a high school freshman, but he gave it up to focus on basketball. In the spring, Howard decided he wanted to give football another shot. However, after thinking about it, he is no longer planning to play two sports.
“I’ve decided not to play,” Howard said. “I’m really just ready to focus in on one sport and basketball is my favorite.”
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Howard, a 6-foot-6 forward, is ranked No. 81 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. Not surprisingly, he is a big-time athlete who excels in transition and when finishing at the rim. Howard can be a matchup problem when defended by bigger players, and he also uses his strength to be an adept defender and rebounder.
Over the summer, Howard felt like he held his own.
“I believe I did pretty good,” he said. “Just play hard at all times.”
Howard said he noticed Ole Miss, Tennessee and Wake Forest the most at his games during the July live period. He holds offers from those three, as well as Mississippi State, Arkansas, Baylor and West Virginia.
He doesn’t have any plans on a timetable for a decision.
“I have no clue yet,” Howard said. “I’m gonna take my time and talk to my mom about it.”
Performance on the court and in the classroom is important to Howard when it comes to what he is looking for in a school.
“Just a great education and how they develop players,” he said.
And we now know football certainly won’t play a factor in his decision.