Wednesday, February 10, 2016
D'Iberville (Miss.) standout signs with Xavier Gold Rush
NEW ORLEANS — Evan Howard, a 6-foot-8 forward from Biloxi, Miss., and D'Iberville High School, has signed a men's basketball scholarship with Xavier University of Louisiana.
Howard is averaging 8.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game and shooting 54.5 percent from the floor this season for D'Iberville, which is 17-10 and has clinched its first winning record in 10 years. Howard has produced five double-doubles, scored in double figures seven times and grabbed 10-or-more rebounds 12 times.
As a junior in 2014-15, Howard averaged 10.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks. He had seven double-doubles, 15 games with 10-or-more points and 10 games with 10-or-more rebounds. He was the first D'Iberville player to be selected to Mississippi's North/South All-Star Game for juniors.
Howard will be a pre-pharmacy major at Xavier during the fall 2016 semester.
"Evan is a great kid and a great student-athlete who works real hard at his game," D'Iberville coach Lorenzo Wright said. "One of the best things about him is that he gets it done in the classroom. Then he backs it up by stepping on the floor and playing well."
Xavier is 17-8 and has clinched a 16th consecutive winning season and a 25th consecutive non-losing season, both school records. The Gold Rush compete in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and qualified for the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship each of the past five seasons.
Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA