Butler has a rookie gem in Howard 

January, 10, 2008
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The number of impact freshmen this season in college basketball is at an all-time high. Everyone knows about Eric Gordon, O.J. Mayo, Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, to name a very few. But the Butler Bulldogs have a freshman that has been a major contributor on one of the most experienced teams in the country.

The No. 16-ranked Bulldogs start four seniors and one freshman. Flying under the radar is 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward Matt Howard from Connersville, Ind. First-year head coach Brad Stevens is off to a 14-1 start, 3-1 in the Horizon League. The leadership of senior guards Mike Green and A.J. Graves has been flawless, and Butler plays great half-court man defense and can shoot the lights out from behind the arc.

So where does Howard fit into this picture. Howard is usually setting the high ball screens in the half-court offense, finishing with a two-hand slam created by Green's penetration or attacking the offensive glass where he has almost as many offensive as defensive rebounds.