When former Maryland point guard Pe’Shon Howard announced his plan to transfer back to California to be closer to his sick grandmother, rumors swirled on Howard’s landing spot.
No longer rumors, multiple reports show that Howard will transfer to the University of Southern California, and seek a hardship waiver from the NCAA to allow him to play this season.
A true point guard, Howard had an up and down career at Maryland.
As a freshman, Howard showed flashes of brilliance, averaging more than five points and three assists in 18 minutes per game.
But during his sophomore and junior seasons, Howard battled injuries and watched his shooting percentages plummet.
As a freshman, Howard shot 42 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point land. By his junior season, Howard’s stats dropped to 29 percent from the field and 24 percent from deep.
Stats do not show the full impact Howard had for the Terps. At times, the guard played some of the Terps best defense, especially on the ball.
Though Howard and Maryland coach Mark Turgeon seemed to butt heads at times, by the end of the season the coach made a point to compliment Howard for his perimeter defending.
A fresh start close to home might be what Howard needs to get back to the promise he showed as a freshman. Howard will also get the chance to run the up-tempo offense that new USC coach Andy Enfield made famous during a Sweet 16 run with Florida Gulf Coast University.