Markus Howard has decided to return for his senior season after completing an All-American honored junior year. The senior-to-be guard was expected by many to turn pro with many thinking his stock had little to rise. Howard has decided to go through one more season where he will assuredly break past 2,000 points as he currently is sitting at 1,955. With Howard returning he immediately becomes one of the front runners for next year’s National Player of the Year award.
Howard showed off his ability to run the point this year, a position where he will most likely have to play as just 5’11 guard at the next level. The position change to a more ball dominant role didn’t affect his scoring as he raised his average from 20 to 25 points a game. He also bumped his assists totals from 94 to 133.
— Markus Howard (@markushoward11) April 12, 2019
While Howard was never seen as a first rounder, it was assumed he would get a jump on his pro career with little room to improve his stock. With Howard returning Marquette vaults from a team potentially unranked to start the year to a top 10-15 ranked team. The Golden Eagles will return every member of their core outside of one rotation player. Marquette has a chance to become the first team other than Villanova to win the Big East since the new re-invention of the league.