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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

 Brianna Howard

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 CLASS OF: 2002
 SCHOOL: Southwestern HS, IN
 HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 5'8, 135lbs
 POSITION: Shooting Guard
 00-01 RATINGS:
 ACADEMICS: Yes
 STATUS: Invited walk-on


BIO | PHOTOS | NEWS | SCOUTING REPORTS | LINKS | SEASON STATS | HONORS

PLAYER BIO

Brianna Howard, a 5'8 wing player from Southwestern High School in Hanover (IN), joins the Boilermakers as an invited walkon. With several standing scholarship offers from others schools including Evansville and Illinois State, Howard wanted to be a part of the Purdue program. Lacking any available scholarships, Coach Curry was prepared to invite Howard to walk-on and pay her own way. Then Eli Lilly stepped in and announced Howard would be the recipient of the 2002 Lilly Scolarship for Academics. Once the scholarship made Purdue exceptional 5-year pharmacy program more affordable, Howard announced she would be coming to Purdue.

Howard completed her high school career with two special honors. She helped her team win the Class 2A state championship, scoring 19 points and nine rebounds. Immediately following the game, Howard was awarded the Patricia L. Roy Mental Attitude Award fpr Class 2A. Farm Bureau Insurance presented a $1,000 scholarship to Southwestern High School in the name of Howard. Southwestern finished the season 25-2. Howard averaged 19.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.7 steals and 2.7 assists during her senior season. For her career, Howard finished as Southwestern's all-time leading scorer (1,918) and stealer.

An excellent student, Howard will also continue the Purdue tradition in academically, as well as athletically talented player. A consistent honor roll student, Howard ranks 7th in her class of 88 students, is a three-year member of the National Honor Society, and currently serves as class secretary.

Howard announced she would attend Purdue University at the Reebok North/South All Star game on April 14, 2002.


PLAYER PHOTOS

  • Madison Courier photo


    PLAYER NEWS

    4-15-02...Indiana All-Star selection Brianna Howard will join the Boilers next season as a walkon. The 5'8 shooting guard was the leading scorer for the Class 2A state champs Southwestern High, averaging 19.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.7 steals and 2.6 assists as a senior. Howard will be on scholarship, but not an athletic scholarship. She has been awarded the Lilly Scholarship for Academics, and will study pharmacy at Purdue. Howard and fellow Purdue recruit Sharika Webb have been friends since they were 12 through AAU competition. Howard brings a solid defensive game, a nose for the basket, and a game head coach Donna Cheatham says is still developing.

    4-14-02...After missing her first three shots and having just four points at halftime, Howard connected on five of her next seven offerings and finished with 16 points, second in the game behind only Cathedralís Sharika Webb, who tallied 20. Howard finished an even 50-percent from the floor and the line for the game. The Junior All-Stars lost to the Seniors, 86-72.


    SCOUTING REPORTS

    Scouting report by high school coach Donna Cheatham...She is as good an athlete as I have ever coached, and she hasnít peaked yet as a basketball player. You canít go to a school like Purdue if youíve peaked in high school and Brianna still has room to grow. I think the important thing about Brianna is her mind. You almost donít want the athlete as much as you want their mind. I told her that when you go to a program like Purdue, youíre not going to play a lot those first two years. But she has the potential to be a good one." (3/19/02, Madison Courier)


    LINKS
  • Howard an Indiana All-Star [Madison Courier]
  • Howard scores 16 in all-star outing [Madison Courier]


    SEASON TO DATE STATISTICS

    SEASON MIN PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG BPG SPG RECORD
    2001→2002   19.9 .516 .681 .263 6.1 2.7   5.7 25-2
    2000→2001   22.5       7.1 2.6     19-3



    AWARDS AND HONORS

    01-02 season
  • Indiana All-Star
  • Patricia L. Roy Class 2A Mental Attitude Award
  • All-State Second Team (AP)
  • All-State Second Team (ICGSA)
  • Team Top Defensive Player
  • Team MVP


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