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Recruiting Class Brings Howard Basketball Hope

Marcel Boyd is one of five new signees for Howard University. (Washington Post photo).

It has been a while since Howard University’s men’s basketball team has made any noise. Last season, the team finished a dismal 7-24, bowing out in the first round of the MEAC Tournament. The good news for Coach Kevin Nickelberry: Help is on the way.

Howard announced that it signed JT Miller to a national letter of intent on Thursday. The 6’3 guard averaged 26 points, eight rebound and four assists per game while leading Mount Zion Academy to 19-14 record and a USA Prep National Championship.

Miller is a combo guard who can flat out score. He appears to have been on the radar of several programs, including Tennessee, at one point. Miller said his visits to the Washington D.C. campus sold him on the school.

“After visiting Howard twice, learning the rich history of the University and developing a personal relationship with Coach Nickelberry, I knew that Howard was the place for me, ” said Miller. 

Here are a few others who will join Miller at Howard this year:

*James Daniel, Phoebus High School: The 5’11 guard was named Virginia Tri-State Player of the year this past season. Comes from the same Hampton Roads area that has produced numerous NFL and NBA athletes.

*Damon Collins, Prime Prep: The talented 6’5 forward was ruled ineligible after allegedy  transferring to Deon Sanders’ Prime Prep school for athletic reasons.

*Kofi Andoh, C.H. Flowers: The 6’3 guard was the fifth player from Prince George’s county to committ to Howard in three years. 

*Marcel Boyd, Gwynn Park: The 6’10 center just started playing basketball as a high school freshman, but committed to Howard as a junior. Could be a diamond in the rough.

Joining the five new recruits will be Keon Hill and James Carlton. Hill received a redshirt after an ankle injury halted his season at Howard last fall.When healthy, he is a blur with the ball.
The Bison will also make use of the services of James Carlton, a College of Charleston transfer. The 6’8 Winterville NC native sat out last season after the transfer.

The last time Howard won a MEAC Conference Tournament, 1992, none of the new recruits were born. But as we saw with North Carolina A&T last season, all that can change with the right group of players peaking at the right time. Only time will tell if the same can happen for Howard before this group leaves the program.

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