The day cried for vanity.

As usual with Jordan Howard, we saw humility.

Howard nonchalantly went about warmups Saturday on his last game on the Farris Center court.

At first blush, you'd never recognize the University of Central Arkansas guard was the best player on the court, the No. 2 scorer in the nation.

He's arguably the best player in UCA history, more complete in his game as Scottie Pippen at this stage.

He's one of the best college basketball players Arkansas has ever produced. He's the leading NCAA Division I scorer in Arkansas history. He's also the leading 3-point shooter, passing Razorback legends Tode Day and Pat Bradley this year.

You have to watch him play, watch how he takes coaching, watch how he interacts with him interact with his teammates to fully appreciate that.

He plays the game without a neon sign.

"The thing that stands out about Jordan is his humility," says Russ Pennell, his coach. In an era of entitlement, it's refreshing."

Also obscured from the highlight reel was his work ethic.

After Saturday's victory over Abilene Christian, the Bears got back from Texas at 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

At 11:30 a.m., Howard was in the Farris Center putting up shots.

Sleep didn't deter further trying to master the craft.

It's a shame, UCA just had an average crowd for Howard's farewell game at the Farris Center. Lots of good reasons — great spring-like weather, semifinal high school state tournament games at three sites in central Arkansas.

It's still a shame. He deserved a 5,000-plus sendoff.

He's special.

He's beloved.

I haven't seen a player in the state as beloved as the Razorbacks' Sidney Moncrief in his heyday.

He's jut much farther off the radar than Moncrief.

But he's just as easy to love.

Doug Ireland, Northwestern State's veteran sports information director, said he was glad he got to see Howard's last game in Conway.

"He restores my faith in humanity," he said.

And he restores your faith in the future.

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