Pe’Shon Howard didn’t exactly have the kind of season he wished he would have. The Maryland Terrapins guard announced a few days ago via the Twitter machine that he is leaving the school after his junior season. Howard, who ESPN’s Andy Katz cites his grandmother being ill as one of the primary reasons for leaving, will presumably apply for a hardship waiver to play right away.
Howard’s minutes per game went down this season. In fact, he saw a whopping 10 minutes per outing vanish from his time on the court. While is grandmother being ill may be the biggest reason, it would be silly to think that the lack of playing time didn’t factor in as well.
No possible destinations have been released yet. For Maryland, however, the transfer likely comes to little surprise and is not as big a hurt to the team’s future successes as one would have thought at this time last year. The Terrapins were clearly phasing him out of their strategy for reasons only known to them at the time.
Regardless if he gets the hardship waiver or not, Howard will have one year left in his eligibility. Clearly talented, despite some troubles along the way, Howard can bring a ton to a team in need of a guard. Howard can be a starter for the majority of the teams in the nation. It would not be a shock, though, if Howard still wants to play in a high-level conference and takes a back-up role.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone