Franklin Howard (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga College) has been driving lanes long before he could drive a car. By doing so, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard is driving college offers up as well.
A star in the class of 2015, Howard -- who still doesn’t have a driver’s license -- picked up offers from Miami and Ohio State over the weekend to add to an already-impressive list that includes Florida, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Villanova.
“I’m happy I was able to pick up those offers,” Howard said. “It’s what I’ve been dreaming of my whole life. Since I’ve started playing basketball, I’ve always wanted to get all these offers, all these looks.’
Howard said he averaged 7.5 points and around three rebounds and three assists last season.
He expects those numbers to go way up this season after a strong summer with his AAU team.
“I just keep going hard, keep going to the basket. I’m not giving up,” Howard said. “I haven’t got that all the way down yet, but that’s what I’m working on.
“All I have to do is keep playing hard and not get distracted by anything. I need to stay out of trouble and keep up my schoolwork. As long as I work hard, I’ll be very good.”
As for his offer from the Buckeyes, Howard is still pinching himself.
“I was kind of surprised and happy at the same time,” he said. “[The offer] means a lot. I look at [power forward] Jared Sullinger and how he went to the NBA Draft. That’s all I was thinking about after the offer. It was how many players they have that go on to the NBA.”