Sunday, February 10, 2013
Howard's confidence rising
By Matt Giles
It has been a difficult junior season for Pe'Shon Howard. The guard is taking just 10 percent of Maryland's shots, and his shooting percentages -- 30.6 percent from within the arc, true shooting percentage of only 41.8 percent (per Ken Pomeroy) -- have made it difficult for coach Mark Turgeon to play Howard more than a handful of minutes. As Turgeon stated recently, "[Howard's] role is limited."
However, in recent games, the guard has shown sparks. Turgeon told Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post that Howard has been practicing well, and during a win over Virginia Tech, Howard managed a three play sequence that included two assists and his first points in a fortnight.
The Terps' offensive struggles have been well-documented; the squad is a sieve with the basketball, posting one of the worst turnover percentages in the ACC, and they struggle to score in the halfcourt. The addition of Albany guard Logan Aronhalt was supposed to give the team a reliable perimeter scorer, and while he is converting 47 percent of his threes, the remainder of the squad is off from the outside (their effective field goal percentage is ranked among the conference's bottom half). Since Howard is having difficulty with his offense, Turgeon cannot necessarily play him, even if the guard is a superior defender. If he can start contributing to Maryland's offense, though, Howard might see more minutes in the second half of ACC play.