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Purdue Women's Basketball Recruiting

Jodi Howell

[Jodi Howell]
 CLASS OF: 2005
 SCHOOL: Alexandria HS, IN
 HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 5'11
 POSITION: Forward/Guard
 03-04 RATINGS: #11 (ASG)
 ACADEMICS: Excellent
 STATUS: Verbal to Purdue 11/1/03
 AAU TEAM: Mohr Magic


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

PLAYER BIO

Jodi Howell, a 5'11 do-everything player from Alexandria High (IN), is the top Indiana player in the class of 2005. She has won the IHSAA scoring title for her class every year of her high school career, using a highly polished set of offensive skills. She averages over 40-percent shooting from the perimeter, is becoming automatic from the line, and can shoot just as well coming off a screen as she can stopping on a dime and hitting the jumper on a fast break. Her defensive game is equally advanced. Her pressure on the ball leads to many steals (she had 11 in one game as a freshman), and showed from her Nike Camp performance in 2003 that a sophomore can frustrate one of the nation's top senior scorers.

Howell immediately made a statement in Indiana basketball as a freshman, challenging senior Shanna Zolman and junior Katie Gearlds for the state scoring title. Playing for her father Jon, who has coached four former Indiana All Stars, Jodi assaulted the school record books, breaking school records for points in a game (41), points in a season (646) and free throw percentage (.865). She averaged 25.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 4.2 steal while shooting 39.5 percent from the perimeter.

In 2002-2003, Jodi came within one point of breaking her season scoring record, but accomplished it in three fewer games. Raising her scoring average to 28.0 points per game, Howell kept pace with senior Katie Gearlds to finish as the state's second-best scorer. Playing roles that ranged from power forward to bringing the ball up the court against the press, her shooting from the field increased to 55-percent, and her shooting from the perimeter was an impressive 42-percent. She also led her team with 7.1 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 5.2 assists.

In 2003-2004, Jodi went down in the Lapel game early in the season with a torn ACL that ended her junior season. She was averaging 31 points per game and leading the state in scoring when her injury occurred. Jodi would make an appearance at the USA Basketball Developmental Camp during the summer of 2004, then played more minutes during the 2004 Nike Camp in July.

Jodi is the daughter of Jon and Penny Howell. Jon is in his 22nd season as head coach of the Alexandria Tigers. Penny was a three-time basketball all-state selection growing up in the state of South Carolina.

Jodi Howell verballed to Purdue during an official visit on November 1, 2003.


PLAYER PHOTOS

  • 2003 Nike Camp Photo 1 [Old Gold Free Press]
  • 2003 Nike Camp Photo 2 [Old Gold Free Press]
  • 2003 Nike Camp Photo 3 [Old Gold Free Press]
  • On the drive [Unofficial Alexandria Tigers Site]
  • I can still see! [Unofficial Alexandria Tigers Site]
  • On the floor [Unofficial Alexandria Tigers Site]
  • On the floor, again [Unofficial Alexandria Tigers Site]
  • 1000th career point poster [Unofficial Alexandria Tigers Site]
  • Boxing out [Unofficial Alexandria Tigers Site]



    SCOUTING REPORTS

    Bob Richards at the 2003 Nike Camp..."Going by jersey numbers tends to help keep us honest. Not knowing the names of the players allows us to detach much of the hype surrounding most players. When people ask if knowing a player first hand before a camp influences my evaluation, I'd like to say "no", as these evals are a moment in time at the Nike Camp. However, in Howell's case, I know her limitations from her knee injury. So this evaluation will have a little bit of a slant to it, as it was hard to not analyze how the knee was influencing her game. So in that sense, I admit a bias of familiarity with Howell's injury. The first thing very noticable is how the knee has effected her lateral movements. Last year's Nike performance showed a very tough defender even against elite, one-on-one guards. This year matched up at times against maybe the nation's most athletic point prospect, Arriaran, it was obvious she didn't possess the lateral quickness to turn out the same type of performance. Her knee kept her time in each game to a very few minutes, and she would make the best of it by making a couple of steals and dishing a couple assists. As the camp progressed, she became more active on the knee. While her defense is not back to the pre-injury level, her shooting is exactly what we are used to seeing from Howell. Still a killer with a pull-up jumper in stride, and showed no ill effects from the knee when she peeled off a tight screen and nailed a long field goal. Her release is as quick as any at the camp, and her shot is conducive to short rebounds. If they miss. Spent time guarding players from the point position to small forward." (August 8, 2004, Old Gold Free Press)

    Bob Sienicki at the 2003 Nike Camp..."Consummate team player with deadly shot from any distance & extremely quick release. Very smart player who understands the game exceptionally well. (August 8, 2004, Old Gold Free Press)

    Capri Small at the 2003 Nike Camp..."There will be lots written about Jodi on this site, both as a result of her performance in camp and in the future. Jodi was the only player to wear kneepads, a suggestion of the tenacity and energy she puts into every play. Howell's inexperience was evident at times, but her potential could never be questioned. You could count on two fingers the number of kids at Nike who consistently played tough defense, and Jodi was one of them - she was the only player I saw the entire camp who drew a charge. There are two aspects of her game that may not have been mentioned by the others. Jodi has excellent court sense and seems to think a pass ahead. Many times she'd deliver the ball to where a players was going, seemingly before the other player knew she was going there. The second aspect is Jodi's combination of extremely fast shot release with good shot selection. An extremely rare, and for that reason, desirable combination. I join the chorus of Boiler supporters who would love to see Jodi in gold and black during her college career." (July 30, 2003, Old Gold Free Press)

    Bob Richards at the 2003 Nike Camp..."A silent assassin on the court. Impressive package of talent for a junior-to-be and a very high basketball IQ, likely helped by the fact she is the daughter of a coach. Played mostly at shooting guard, which will be her college position. The absolute quickest release at the camp. Blistering motion and highly accurate. Was very impressed to see her run the floor, and on two occasions, pull up from a dead run and hit a short 12 footer instead of ending the plays in a wreck with another guard underneath the basket. Ahead of her peers on defense, and did as good of a job as anyone defending a great one-on-one player in Alexis Hornbuckle." (July 30, 2003, Old Gold Free Press)


    LINKS
  • Conversation with Jon Howell [Old Gold Free Press]
  • Jodi Howell verbals to Purdue! [Old Gold Free Press]
  • Alexandria Tigers Unofficial Site [Charlie Peavler]



    SEASON TO DATE STATISTICS

    SEASON MIN PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG BPG SPG RECORD
    2002→2003   28.0 .550   .420 7.1 5.2   4.7 22-1
    2001→2002   25.8   .865 .395 3.9 4.1   4.2 25-1



    AWARDS AND HONORS

    04-05 season
  • All-American honorable mention (Street & Smith)
  • Tremendous 26 (HSSP)
    03-04 season
  • All-American honorable mention (Street & Smith)
    02-03 season
  • Nike All-American Camp
  • State's No.2 scorer
  • All-American honorable mention (Street & Smith)
  • All-American (Student Sports)
  • All-State first team (Associated Press)
  • All-State (ICGSA)
  • Madison County Player of the Year
    01-02 season
  • Outstanding Participant Award (AAU Girls Committee)
  • Deep South Classic AAU MVP
  • All-American honorable mention (Street & Smith)
  • All-American (Student Sports)
  • All-State honorable mention (Associated Press)
  • Metro North Player of the Year (Indy Star)
  • State's No.3 scorer



    2004-05 SEASON SCHEDULE
    Date Day Time Opponent ---- --- ---- -------------------- 11/11/04 THR 7:30P Delta 11/13/04 SAT 7:30P @ Taylor 11/19/04 FRI 7:30P @ Shenandoah 11/22/04 MON 7:30P Muncie Central 11/27/04 SAT 1:30P @ Tipton 12/01/04 WED 7:30P Lapel 12/03/04 FRI 7:30P @ Frankton 12/07/04 TUE 7:30P @ Eastern (Howard) 12/11/04 SAT 12:30P @ Blackford 12/13/04 MON 7:30P Pendleton Heights 12/18/04 SAT 7:30P Eastbrook 01/06/05 THR 7:30P Yorktown 01/13/05 THR 7:30P Madison-Grant 01/15/05 SAT 7:30P Elwood 01/18/05 TUE 7:30P @ Anderson 01/22/05 SAT 7:30P @ Wabash 01/26/05 WED 7:30P Marion 01/29/05 SAT 7:30P @ Mississinewa Madison County Tournament 01/31/05 MON TBA TBA

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