Malina Howard

Malina Howard


CLASS: 2012



  • Twinsburg, OHHometown
  • Twinsburg High School
  • 6-3Height
  • Weight
  • 8Overall Rank
  • 1Position Rank

ESPN Player Evaluations

Strengths: Footwork, rebounding, size for the position
Areas for improvement: Consistency finishing, mid-range shot, lateral quickness
Bottom Line: Howard has made steady improvements in her game, most notably using her size on a consistent basis on the blocks, making her one of the premier posts in the class. She no longer avoids contact. Her fundamentals and footwork in the post are ahead of most of her peers. She starting to show the confidence it will take to reach her potential and be an impact player in college. She's not the most athletic defender but her smarts improved conditioning allow her to pretty good defender, and perhaps more importantly she's really productive on the glass, both offensively and defensively.

Spring Update-May 11: A 6-foot-3 post, Malina Howard began just outside our initial top 25 for the 2012 class. She then jumped to the 21st spot in the expansion to our Super 60 and has now broken into the top 10, landing at the No. 7 spot in our first ESPNU 100 for 2012... Click here to read the full evaluation.

Classic in the Country-Jan. 11: There are times when you watch elite players who continue to do what you've seen them do in the past. And then there are times when you see them continue to advance and improve their game just as Howard has done in the course of a month. In two games in Berlin, she was the picture of efficiency on both ends of the floor and produced on the scoreboard and in the rebounding column. Shooting a combined 18 for 26 in two games, she was scoring on the block, scoring from midrange, and getting out on the break as well. On the boards, she came away with a total of 21 for two nights that included six on the offensive end. Howard is always going to quietly produce and be a difference maker in almost any game she plays. If there's one concern, it might be her affinity for the left block. Adding more balance to her low post approach would give defenders an even bigger headache to contend with. (Lewis)

USJN DC-July 10: Howard is spending the summer doing nothing but being effective. Her play is consistent and effective at both ends of the floor. There's nothing flashy or dramtic about any one aspect of her game, she simply gets the job done. (Lewis)

Battle of the Boro-July 10: A member of the talented Sports City U squad as well as the USA Basketball U18 National Team, Howard is one of those players that has you scratching your head at times. Solid and strong, the 6-3 post from Twinsburg, Ohio, is a constant and steady inside presence. In Murfreesboro she got out and ran the floor, not with the guards, but ahead of them. She's well-schooled in posting and angles on the block and comes up with clean low post looks time and again. Here's where the head scratching comes in. There are times where she struggles to finish the easy looks. Defensive pressure, physical contact... no problem, and when she's wide open, you occasionally want to hold your breath. And this is the player who led the national team in field goal percentage. It's not an issue in the eyes of any sane recruiter and her play speaks for itself come game time but it does leave you wondering. On the boards and defensively, Howard is productive and smart. She uses both her size and instincts to anticipate and make plays time and again. Her list of suitors gets longer everyday and it was pretty long to start with. (Lewis)

USA U17 Trials-June 10: Howard was actually poached off of the U17 trials roster to bolster the U18 front line. She was as good as her older counterparts from the 2010 class at using her body, holding position and knowing when pin a fronting post. She rebounded OK. The biggest issue was finishing. With all the footwork and smarts she ended up with more quality looks than anyone in the half court and she was strangely inconsistent at finishing those shots. When left to create one-on-one with a defender behind she drifted away from contact on occasion and with her size she should definitely initiate contact and take it to the defense. (Hansen)

USA U16 Trials-May 09: At 6-3 and with a solid frame, Malina Howard already has a college-ready body. She uses that size well in spots, but hasn't really embraced the advantages she has and the mismatches she poses. Simply playing lower before the catch would take her game to the next level because nobody at this level will be able to push her out of position. She showed the ability to hit the trail jumper but with the tall, quick, high-risers in the paint she wasn't as dominant as we've come to expect in the paint.

Classic in the Country-Jan. 09: The sky high expectations are already there for Twinsburg freshman Malina Howard. At 6-3 with an athletic and strong build she has a presence on the floor usually reserved for upperclassmen. She moves well at both ends and has the potential to make an impact on almost every play. Offensively she posts big and gets a target up for her passers. Her post moves are already in place but need to be applied more often and more aggressively. She's strong on the boards and imposing on the defense whether defending the ball or in help side. The sky's the limit. (Lewis)


Club Team: Sport City U

USA Basketball U 19 national team alternate, 2011. ... USA Basketball U18 national team, 2010.

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