Friday, December 13, 2013 8:59 AM
Published on: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Former Maryland point guard Pe’Shon Howard has found a school closer to his California roots.
Howard, a Los Angeles native who transferred from Maryland in April, has landed at the University of Southern California where he was given a legislative relief waiver in order to be closer to his ailing grandmother.
“We are happy that Pe’Shon will be able to spend time with his grandmother who helped raise him here in Los Angeles,” USC head coach Andy Enfield said. “On the court, Pe’Shon will provide leadership and we expect him to have a terrific senior season.”
Howard, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound point guard, adds experience to the Trojans’ roster this season. During his tenure in College Park, Howard played in 83 games and made 44 starts in three seasons.
As a Maryland co-captain last season, Howard averaged 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while helping lead the Terrapins to the NIT semifinals.
Howard, who played high school basketball at national powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, chose Maryland over offers from UCLA, Virginia and Georgia Tech among others.
The California product will join a Trojan basketball program that returns two of its top three scorers from last season in guards J.T. Terrell and Byron Wesley along with 7-foot-2 center Omar Oraby.
USC also has a strong incoming freshman class that includes Roschon Prince, the California Gatorade High School Player of the Year, and Khalil Dukes, who finished his prep career as one of the highest scoring guards in Connecticut high school history.