Howard men’s basketball preview

November 5, 2013

Howard

Entering his fourth season as coach, Kevin Nickelberry has only two seniors but fields a deep roster suited to play an up-tempo style. The Bison have adopted “Frantic 40” as their mantra this season, meaning pushing the ball up the court for fast-break opportunities as well as using full-court pressure to create turnovers.

Of the 15 players on the roster, 10 are freshmen or sophomores. The only three players who have game experience with Howard are junior guard-forward Prince Okoroh (Eleanor Roosevelt High), the team’s leading returning scorer and rebounder, junior guard Brandon Ford (Gwynn Park High) and sophomore forward-center Oliver Ellison (Gonzaga High). Ford is due to miss the first part of the season while recovering from a knee injury.

The Bison have three freshmen vying for playing time at point guard. Ausar Madison is the best passer among the three, according to Nickelberry. James Daniel and Keon Hill (Riverdale Baptist High) are in the mix as well.

— Gene Wang

Schedule

Nov.

8, Washington (Md.), 7;
10, Gwynedd Mercy, 5;
13, at Old Dominion, 7;
15, at Harvard, 7;
17, at Pittsburgh, 2;
21, at Houston, 7:30;
25, at South Dakota State*, 9;
26, vs. Texas Southern/Lehigh*, TBD;
30, William & Mary, 5.

Dec.

1, at American, 7:30;
4, at Central Florida, 7;
7, at Morgan State, 7:30;
14, at Fordham, 2;
15, vs. Delaware State**, 6;
17, at Liberty, 7;
30, at USC, 5.

Jan.

4, at College of Charleston, 4;
13, Savannah State, 7:30;
18, UMES, 4;
25, at Florida A&M, 6;
27, at Beth. Cookman, 7:30.

Feb.

1, UNC Central, 4;
3, North Carolina A&T, 7:30;
8, at Hampton, 7:30;
10, at Norfolk State, 7:30;
15, at UMES, 4;
22, Hampton, 7;
24, Norfolk State, 7:30.

March

1, at Delaware State, 6;
3, at Coppin State, 7:30;
6, Morgan State, 8;
10-15, MEAC tournament.

*Legends Classic in Brookings, S.D.

**In Brooklyn, N.Y.

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