The University of Central Arkansas' Jordan Howard, one of the special players in school history, had a special week.
He averaged 36 points in two games, including a 43-point long-range shooting exhibition in a victory over Stephen F. Austin. He shot 64.3 from 3-point range during the week. And he would have broken the school single-game scoring record of 44 had he not missed five free throws against SFA.
He has one of the quickest releases you'll ever see, but that scoring outburst wasn't entirely his doing.
"When you get 43 like that, a lot of things have to go right," said coach Russ Pennell. "His teammates did a good job screening and clearing out for him and just finding him. And when he got open, they did a good job of getting him the ball on time where he could shoot on rhythm. The passes weren't too low or too high where he had to get back in rhythm."
Pennell said Howard has a desire to play professionally either here or oversees.
"I think he is good enough to play in the NBA but it would have to be for the right team," Pennell said. " There are a lot of good players in the 5-11 to 6-1 range and his lack of height works against him."
But Pennell would not be surprised in basketball was not his ultimate career.
"His interests and talents are in different areas," he said. "Jordan is very talented in digital film making. I think he has a lot of interest in that and could have an outstanding career in that."
Depending on the postseason, Howard's days in a UCA uniform are dwindling. Local fans have only four more home games to watch him play. It's a treat.
"People ask me about replacing Jordan in recruiting," Pennell said. "Forget that. You're not gonna replace a player like that."
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