Sport Syracuse's Frank Howard is the Nation's Most Underrated Point Guard

06:20  07 december  2017
06:20  07 december  2017 Source:   herosports.com

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Syracuse , N.Y. — When Syracuse ' s basketball season ended last year, Frank Howard was the lone point guard on the Orange roster. The impending addition of Tyus Battle, a versatile guard , would have provided Howard with competition at his position. But when John Gillon announced last summer

Syracuse ' s sophomore point guard Frank Howard works during last Friday' s first Orange practice. Howard is going to be a much better defender. He' s gotten a lot stronger. And he can run the offense. Syracuse likes to use its point guards in pick-and-roll situations, which helps someone

Howard posted 15 points in the Orange's loss to Kansas.

If you were unsure what to expect from the Syracuse men's basketball team in 2017-18, you were certainly not alone.

There were two things you could count on from the Orange: (1) Head coach Jim Boeheim would be back for his 432nd season on the bench -- sorry, I meant his 42nd season -- and (2) his team would be using that vaunted 2-3 zone defense that has helped 'Cuse earn a national championship and five Final Four appearances in Boeheim's career.

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So Beverly is really underrated . He is not even mentioned in the best defensive point guards ever conversation. Pat is probably one of the most gritty point guards Peak Deron was the best point guard in the world. Dominated his arch rival(CP3) every time they played in head to head matchups.

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But everything else -- from how successful the Orange would be, to who would be most responsible for that success on the court -- was a question mark.

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A lot changed for Syracuse between last season and this season. Six of the top eight scorers from the 2017 NIT squad are gone, including NBA draft pick Tyler Lydon and All-ACC guard Andrew White III. And for the first time in a couple of decades, Boeheim is coaching without Mike Hopkins by his side. The longtime assistant and one-time (still likely) heir apparent took the head coaching job at Washington. Suddenly, Syracuse's 2016 NCAA Final Four run seems like a generation ago.

With familiar faces like Duke and North Carolina expected to hold their familiar places atop the conference, Syracuse entered this season as a mystery.

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Eight games into the schedule, the Orange are 7-1, following Tuesday's 72-63 win over UConn at Madison Square Garden. A lot of that success is thanks to junior point guard Frank Howard having a breakout season.

Howard is averaging 14.3 points points, 6.0 assists and 2.2 steals in over 34 minutes per game. As a sophomore, he was playing only 16 minutes a night as a part-time starter with averages of 4.5 points, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals. If college basketball had a Most Improved Player award, Howard would be an early-season front-runner.

How important is Howard to Syracuse? Three times in the team's first eight games, Howard played the full 40 minutes. In one of those nights without rest, he scored a season-high 25 points in a win over Toledo; another time he posted 15 points, 10 assists, seven steals and five rebounds in a win over Maryland.

Boeheim apparently doesn't even take Howard out of the game when he's having a bad game. In the win over UConn, Howard played 39 minutes despite having his worst performance of the season, shooting 1-of-10 from the field and committing nine turnovers.

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Syracuse , N.Y. -- Syracuse point guard Frank Howard doesn't love talking about last season. Whether Howard can maintain his level of play this time around will be a huge factor in Syracuse ' s success, and will likely be one of the most scrutinized developments as the Orange increases its level

Syracuse ' s Frank Howard struggled through a difficult sophomore season. Is the junior ready to Q: Is Frank Howard 100 percent physically and mentally ready to play point guard for coach (Jim) Syracuse has just nine available scholarship players. That ' s not much depth. In any other year, I

In Syracuse's loss to Kansas -- the No. 1 team in the country according to BennettRank -- Howard was one of the Orange's bright spots. He had 15 points and seven assists, and could've put up a double-double if not for a few dropped passes and missed shots by his teammates.

Drawing comparisons from the lineage of Syracuse point guards, Howard is closer to Lazarus Sims or Michael Carter-Williams than he is to Gerry McNamara or Pearl Washington. Howard is big for the position at 6-foot-5. He is more of a passer and playmaker than a scorer and shooter. He excels at penetrating the defense with smooth and efficient moves, then setting up teammates with slick yet simple passes.

Defensively, Howard is solid in the zone scheme and uses quick hands and anticipation to force turnovers. With Howard leading the team (and the conference) in steals, Syracuse ranks fourth in the ACC in points allowed and 46th nationally in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency (according to KenPom).

Syracuse was predicted to finish 10th in the ACC standings in the conference's preseason poll, with not one player making the preseason All-ACC squad. A lot of media outlets had the Orange making a return trip to the NIT in 2018. While it's obviously early in the campaign, Howard, sophomore guard Tyus Battle (20.3 ppg) and freshman forward Oshae Brissett (12.8 points, 9.8 rebounds) are making strong cases for some All-ACC recognition, while 'Cuse overall looks like an NCAA tournament team.

College basketball has no shortage of star point guards. Veterans like Kansas' Devonte' Graham and Villanova's Jalen Brunson, and freshmen phenoms like Oklahoma's Trae Young and Alabama's Collin Sexton are rightfully getting their due and their hype.

Howard may be the nation's most underrated point guard, leading the charge for one of the nation's most underrated teams.

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