Posted On: 10/10/18 5:18 PM
Jett Howard is one of the top freshmen prospects not only in the state of Florida but in the nation.
The Davie University School guard was among 14 prospects with Sunshine State ties — including six in the Class of 2022 — to be invited to the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team mini-camp Oct. 5-7 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The 6-foot-4, 163-pounder is one of two sons of former University of Michigan and Miami Heat standout and current Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard playing for coach Jim Carr‘s Sharks. Jace Howard is a talented 6-6 junior.
“Jett was there with the young group,” Carr said of the national mini-camp. “The talent level in each group top to bottom was outstanding. I thought Jett, for the first time going through that, did really well. He showed a very diverse offensive skill set and is able to play multiple positions.
“And for him, it’s such a great learning experience: the quality of the coaching, things they’re emphasizing and it’s a step up in talent in his age group. That’s the best of the best.”
The three-day event was the first training camp following USA Basketball’s announcement of its collaboration with the NBA, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the NCAA to expand its Men’s Junior National Team program. USA Basketball invited about 90 of the top prospects from the four classes to attend.
Players with Florida connections included:
2019 — Vernon Carey Jr., University School; Armando Bacot, IMG Academy; Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, IMG.
2020 — Scottie Barnes, University School; Cade Cunningham, Montverde Academy; Moses Moody, Montverde; Jaden Springer, IMG.
2021 — Dallas Turner, American Heritage.
2022 — Jett Howard, University School; Gregg Glenn III, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian; DeMari Henderson, Sanford Seminole; Ja’Cari Henderson, Sanford Seminole; Jarace Walker, IMG; Dariq Whitehead, Montverde.
Jett Howard joins a University School program led by 6-10 senior All-American center Vernon Carey Jr. and 6-8 junior star Scottie Barnes.
Carey and Barnes led the Sharks to the FHSAA Class 5A state championship back in March and the program made the finals of the GEICO Nationals in New York City before falling to Montverde Academy in the title game.
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