Prospect Profile - Bryce Howard
It's very rare that coaches don't have good things to say about their players, but you're not going to find many coaches who rave about any player the way all of Bryce Howard's coaches rave about him. The comments below from Westlake High School's Kyle Kegley even came unsolicited as part of a speech he gave about Howard at the end of last season.
Everyone who has ever coached him agrees, there's something special about this kid.
On the recruiting front, the California native had attention from the likes of Holy Cross and Air Force this season, along with a plethora of high academic division III schools, but was flying under-the-radar for most division II programs for some reason.
Position: Point Guard
School: Pomfret School
Home State: California
By the Numbers
2019-20 Stats: 10ppg & 7apg
Academics: 3.1 GPA & 1270 SAT
Awards & Accolades
- 2019-20 All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention
- 2018-19 First Team All-Marmonte League
- 2018-19 First Team All-Ventura County
- 2018-19 First-Team All-Academic
- 2018-19 Westlake High School MVP
- 2017-18 Second Team All-Marmonte League
- Westlake High School All-Time Leader in Assists
- 3x Westlake High School Team Captain
I'm a player who cares about the team more than I care about myself. I look to get my teammates involved and give them scoring opportunities with my ability to attack the basket. Every game I want to out-work my opposition with endless ball pressure whether that means picking up full court or playing stellar half court defense. I will fill any role needed by my coaches whether that be scoring, facilitating, locking down on defense or all three if needed.
"Bryce Howard is the absolute definition of what a student athlete is. Forget the unanimous first team All-Marmonte League, All-Ventura County, school record for steals in a game, school record for career assists, team MVP, a rare three year captain and four year varsity player, all while keeping a GPA to earn him Ventura County All-Academic team; coaching for eighteen years I have never coached, known, been around, or seen a leader like Bryce Howard. Bryce led our program both on the court and off the court, through action, verbally, with positivity and competitiveness. He gets on his teammates, in the right way, with different approaches to different players when needed. He's a coach on the floor. He's respectable to everyone on and off the court. He's accountable to no end. He was the best player on our team but more importantly, he was the best teammate. He is 100%, 100% of the time. It is people like Bryce Howard that keep coaches in the game."
- Kyle Kegley, Head Coach, Westlake High School
"It's easy to notice Bryce's physical gifts the first time you watch him. He has terrific speed, leaping ability, and vision, but his most impressive physical attribute is his motor. I have never coached a player with a motor like Bryce Howard. It never stops running and he never seems to be tired (or he refuses to show it). This served us well as he was able to apply a tremendous amount of full-court ball pressure to spearhead our press, all while playing every meaningful minute on the season. He pushed his teammates to get better daily and he didn't accept anything short of their best effort in practice. As a player, he is a lockdown defender, a one man fast break, and a true point guard. He is not concerned with his point totals and only wants to win. He has worked tirelessly to become a more consistent 3 point shooter, and his hard work paid off as he was a threat from behind the arc this season. Bryce is a culture changer who is just scratching the surface of his potential. It was a privilege to coach him and I'm confident he will make a significant impact wherever he goes next."
- Rob Toste, Head Coach, Pomfret School
Howard is both dynamic in the open floor as well as an elite on-ball defender. Combine that with the fact that he is a true point guard and, according to all reports, truly unique in terms of his character, and you have a prospect that can not only change the game on both ends of the floor but make others better. He has great north-to-south speed, is equally quick laterally, and has a versatile lay-up making package as well. He has also made significant strides with his jumper this year and is now someone who can't be left unguarded around the arc.