MARTIN, TN -
The University of Tennessee at Martin head women’s basketball coach Kevin McMillan has announced the addition of transfer Haley Howard, a 5-11 forward from Butler to the 2014 recruiting class.
“We are very excited to add Haley to our program,” said McMillan. “Haley is a rangy, long athletic wing that can also play the post position. She is tremendously skilled from within 16 feet. She possesses an extremely high basketball IQ and loves to compete. It is always a good day when you can add a player with skill and is a great teammate.”
Howard, a native of Whiteland, Ind., played in 30 games for the Butler Bulldogs in 2013-14, earning the starting nod 26 times. Howard averaged 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while seeing 22.6 minutes of action per contest. She shot 35 percent from the field (62-177) and 30.6 percent from beyond the arc (19-62). Her top game of the year came against Villanova with a season-high 17 point performance that included hitting 3-of-4 from behind the arc. She also scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds vs. Seton Hall.
Making her presence felt on the boards, Howard pulled down 108 rebounds on the year, including 14 coming on the offensive glass. She posted a season-high eight rebounds at Indiana State while also contributing four assists and four points.
Howard suffered a season ending injury in the preseason prior to the 2012-13 season following a promising freshman campaign for the Bulldogs. She played in all 30 games and started 13 times as a freshman after ranking third on the team with 7.7 points per game. She began the season with a big bang, leading the team in scoring at 10.9 points per game over the year’s first 15 games of the season. She tallied 10 double-figure scoring games, including a career-best 23 points in 24 minutes against Detroit.
Hailing from Whiteland High School under head coach Bill Hogue, Howard was a four-time All-Johnson County standout in her prep career. Howard was named all-conference on three occasions while being named Johnson County and Metro South Player of the Year as a senior, averaging 13.5 points, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game. She was selected as a first team academic all-state honoree and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee.
Howard joins fellow signees Macy Wright (Union City, Tenn./Three Rivers Community College), DaiJia Ruffin (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy), Jese Vinson (Dover, Tenn./Stewart County High School) and Monique Jackson (Phenix City, Ala./Ole Miss).
From: UTM media relations
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