“I think Markus Howard has had a spectacular season up to this point,” Butler coach LaVall Jordan said. “I think Markus Howard’s having a phenomenal season.” When Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing was asked for a midseason vote on Player of the Year race, he said, “Maybe Howard. He is having a remarkable year for Marquette, the way he’s been putting up big numbers.” Wright, a 2019 Naismith Hall of Fame nominee and one of only three active coaches with more than one NCAA championship ring, also sang Howard’s praises. “He’s got all of the qualities of a great offensive player,” Wright said. “Some guys are good at moving without the ball and coming off screens, which he’s great at, but they can’t create their own shot. Or vice versa, some guys are good off the dribble but they don’t move well without the ball. And some guys are just scorers, they can’t find the open man, they can only get thrown a shot.
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