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Posted On: 02/1/18 4:27 PM
There’s a sophomore that’s dominating the competition this season in Northern Louisiana, and Thomas Howell could be another D1 big-man to emerge from the Pelican State.
A 6-foot-7 power forward from St. Mary, Howell is posting some huge numbers for the Tigers so far this season, and credits his low-block ability and shot-blocking prowess as reasons for his success.
“I feel like I’m a really good low-post player, with a nice mid-range. Blocking shots is something I’m really good at, hook-shots, power-moves, stuff like that,” said Howell.
“I need to work on my 3-point shot. And my handles could get a little bit better; handles are something I’m working on.”
His sophomore season has gone remarkably well, and his team has enjoyed some great success as a result.
“This is one of the best seasons we’ve had in a very long time, and I feel like I’ve played a pretty big part on our team. I’m averaging 18.7 points and 16 boards, and I’m just doing whatever I can to help the team out,” said Howell.
“I’d like to make to a state championship, to make it there would be really big for us. Individually, I want to be district MVP.”
This summer will be his first offseason spent playing grassroots ball. He’ll be running with Louisiana Roundballers 16U.
Howell’s high school coach was a manager at Northern Iowa, so there’s a connection to the Panthers. Kern also served as a graduate assistant at Northwestern State.
“I’ve got a few friends on the team, so that’s why I chose them. And recruitment-wise, Northwestern State has talked to me quite a bit, Northern Iowa has been in contact with me, and that’s about it,” said Howell who mentioned his goals for this summer.
“I just want to get better overall, get myself out there and just be a better player.”