Five former Demon Deacons to be inducted Sept. 13-14
One of the nation's most versatile and athletic players... a member of the John Wooden Award preseason All-America team... has been a starter in each of the previous three seasons... a gifted player with a legitimate shot at playing in the NBA next year... the second-leading returning scorer and third-leading returning rebounder in the ACC this season... a two-time All-ACC performer in 2001 (2nd team) and 2002 (3rd team)... excels in all areas of the game but his specialty may be offensive rebounding and perimeter defense... ranked third last season in the ACC in offensive rebounds (3.39 per game)... ranked among the ACC leaders last year in six different statistical categories -- offensive rebounds, field goal percentage (.504), rebounds (7.7), blocked shots (0.97), steals (1.58) and scoring (13.9)... has made great improvement in his game in three areas -- perimeter shooting, free throw shooting and ballhandling... will leave Wake Forest with his name throughout the record books... ranks sixth in WFU history with 151 steals and has a chance to become just the third Deacon to record 200 career pilfers... ranks ninth in school history with 95 blocked shots... has scored 1,159 career points and grabbed 579 career rebounds... one of just 21 players in Wake history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds... will also leave Wake ranked among the all-time leaders in games played (96), games started (88), assists (180) and double-doubles (12)... has scored in double figures 60 times in his career... owns a one-step vertical leap of 37.0 inches... a local product who originally attended Winston-Salem's Glenn High School before going to prep school at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia... was slowed the final month of last season with a high ankle sprain but is expected to be at full strength when drills begin.
Earned third team All-ACC and second team NABC All-District... played in 31 games, missing three contests because of a lingering high ankle sprain... started 26 times... ranked second on the team behind Darius Songaila in scoring (13.9) and rebounding (7.7)... led the team with 49 steals... ranked second on the team with 30 blocked shots... ranked third in the ACC in offensive rebounds (3.39), sixth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.504), seventh in rebounds (7.7), eighth in blocked shots (0.97), ninth in steals (1.58) and 15th in scoring (13.9)... scored in double figures 22 times... registered six double-doubles... struggled in the postseason because of a high ankle sprain originally suffered in early February... played just six minutes in Wake's NCAA Tournament second-round loss to 11th-ranked Oregon... despite the injury, Howard scored 23 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out four assists and had four steals in ACC Tournament first-round win over Georgia Tech... helped Wake earn the ACC Tournament's No. 3 seed by scoring 14 points, grabbing nine rebounds and blocking two shots in the regular season finale against NC State... turned in a remarkable performance in a nationally-televised one-point loss at eventual NCAA champion Maryland... scored 18 points, grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and had two steals against the Terrapins in his third and final game in Cole Field House... missed three consecutive home games against Cincinnati, Virginia and Duke because of the ankle injury... matched a career-high with 24 points, made 9-of-11 field goal attempts including 4-of-6 three-point attempts, in Wake's home win over North Carolina... scored 21 points, pulled down nine boards, was 2-of-2 from three-point range and 9-of-11 from the free throw line in a key road win at NC State... scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and registered a career-best seven steals, coming within one steal of tying Muggsy Bogues' school single-game record, against Georgia Tech... erupted for 20 points, nine boards and five steals in a road win at North Carolina... had three consecutive double-doubles in late December and early January... had 15 points and 10 rebounds against St. John's in Madison Square Garden, 10 points and 11 boards in home win over Marquette and 16 points and 12 boards versus Richmond... scored 21 points and went 9-of-11 from the field in home win against St. Francis (PA)... produced 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in home win over Minnesota... garnered first double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds versus Elon.
Earned second team All-ACC honors... played in 29 games, starting 28 times... did not play at Duke because of the flu... led the team in scoring (13.6)... averaged 14.9 points per game in ACC games, which ranked eighth in the ACC... scored in double figures 23 times... pulled down double-digit rebounds four times... his four double-doubles were a team-best... led the team and ranked tied for fifth in the ACC in steals with 58 (2.0 per game)... chipped in 5.9 rebounds per game, which ranked 16th in the ACC... shot a solid 49.0 percent from the field and 39.1 percent (18-of-46) from three-point range... led the team in free throw attempts (130)... ranked second on the team with 32 blocked shots... started off his sophomore season by going a perfect 7-of-7 from the field en route to 17 points, dished out four assists and recorded two steals in a home season-opening win over Mount St. Mary's... was key in Wake's 69-61 win at Richmond by scoring 14 points (7-of-9 shooting), grabbing seven rebounds and matching a then career-high with three blocked shots... played an outstanding game with 21 points, seven boards, two blocks and a steal versus No. 3 Kansas... dished out a season-high five assists to go with 13 points in a 96-73 home win over Virginia... erupted for a career-high 24 points, including 7-of-12 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the line, in a road loss at Maryland... registered his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds versus Clemson... had 13 points, 13 boards and three pilfers in a 74-69 win in overtime against NC State... played one of his top games against No. 1 North Carolina with 20 points, 12 rebounds and four steals against the Tar Heels... scored 18 points and had nine caroms in a home victory against Georgia Tech... matched a career-high with five steals and added 14 points and nine rebounds in a road win at Clemson... recorded a double-double against visiting Duke with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Saw action in all 36 games and started 34 times... ranked fourth on the team in scoring (9.1 ppg)... led the team with 44 steals and ranked second with 33 blocked shots... scored 10 points and was 4-of-6 from the field in the NIT championship game against Notre Dame... tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists in NIT semifinal win over NC State... scored 13 points, went 5-of-6 from the field and grabbed 7 boards (5 offensive) in NIT win over New Mexico... had a strong effort at Vanderbilt in the first round of the NIT with 17 points and three blocked shots... netted a career-high 19 points in ACC Tournament semifinal versus Duke... was 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-2 from three-point range against the Blue Devils... scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds at Virginia ... recorded 11 points and grabbed a game-high four offensive rebounds at Duke... had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Georgia Tech... added seven assists against the Yellow Jackets... recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds against NC State (in 36 minutes of action)... scored 18 points at Florida State.
Came to Wake Forest after spending a year honing his skills at the Hargrave Academy in Chatham (VA)... familiar with Winston-Salem and the Demon Deacons as he played his high school ball at nearby Glenn High School... one of the top high-school basketball players ever produced in Forsyth County¡K averaged 19.9 ppg and 10.1 rpg in leading Hargrave to a 27-3 record under coach Scott Shepherd¡K shot 56 percent from the floor, including 44 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the free throw line... once hit five three-point baskets in a single game... an adept passer, he also averaged 6.0 assists per contest¡K a first-team all-state selection as a high school senior at Glenn when he averaged 26 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks per game and shot an amazing 70 percent from the floor... averaged 24 points and 14 rebounds as a junior... played for coach Napoleon Cloud at Glenn... twice the recipient of the "Frank Spencer Award" as the top player in Northwest North Carolina (as selected by the Winston-Salem Journal)... played in the ACC-SEC basketball All-Star game in the summer of 1999 in Raleigh, an event that featured players that signed with schools in those two leagues... scored 14 points in 15 minutes in that event, helping the ACC squad to a 145-115 victory.
Majoring in sociology with a minor in international studies... signed with Wake Forest during the spring of 1999, and was the only member of WFU's recruiting class... high school teammate Charles Dearmon also plays on the Division I level... chose Wake over several other schools because of the close proximity to his family and friends.