54 - Matt Howard
Matt Howard
Height: 6-8
Weight: 230
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Connersville, Ind.
High School: Connersville
Position: F

2008-09: Named preseason first team All-Horizon League...Chosen first team preseason Mid-Major All-American by Collegeinsider.com and Collegehoops.net...Named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Week Dec. 1, Dec. 29. and Jan. 12...Chosen Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month for January...Named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V team...Picked second team by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American...Midseason top 30 for John R. Wooden Award...Named Horizon League Player of the Year and selected first team All-Horizon League...Named to the All-Horizon League Defensive Team...Named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team...Selected to the NABC All-District 12 first team... Named first team Mid-Major All-American by Foxsports.com...Led the Bulldogs in scoring(475), field goal shooting(.551), rebounding(216) and blocked shots(48)...Also, Led the Horizon League in blocked shots...Starter in all 32 games for the Bulldogs...Posted 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots in Bulter's season opener against Drake...Led the team with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists against Ball State...Recorded a career-high five assists against IU-South Bend...Scored a game high 17 points and matched career-highs for steals(3)and minutes (38)...Posted 11 points, including his first career three-point field goal, and blocked four shots against Evansville...Scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Youngstown State...Had 11 points and 10 rebounds against Ohio State in his first double-double of the season...Led the Bulldogs with 14 points and eight rebounds agianst Florida Gulf Coast...Posted another double-double with team-highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds against #14 Xavier...Topped all scored with with 14 points against Wright State at home...Recorded a third double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds against Loyola...Had a game-high 11 rebounds and a career-high three steals in 26 minutes against Valparaiso...Was perfect from the field(6-6) and from the free throw line(7-7) and led the team with 19 points and eight rebounds vs. UIC at home...Hit 11 of 13 shots and scored a career-high 30 points, while grabbing 9 rebounds at home against Loyola...Scored 12 points in 20 minutes of play in the bracketbuster game against Davidson...Recorded seventh career double-double with game-highs of 25 points and 10 rebounds against Youngstown State at home...Made a career-high 14 free throws and led all scorers with with 24 points in Butlers Horizon League Tournament semifinal victory over Wright State...Scored 14 points in the Horizon League Tournament championship game against Cleveland State...Led the Bulldogs with 22 points and eight rebounds against LSU in the NCAA Tournemnt first round...Finished the season averaging 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

2007-08: Named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year...Named second team All-Horizon League...Picked to the All-Tournament Team at the 2008 Horizon League Championship...Top scoring freshman in the Horizon League...Also the League's top freshman rebounder...First Butler freshman to record a double-double (vs. Michigan) since 1998-99...Named Horizon League Player of the Week (Dec. 3) after helping Butler to a victory over Ohio State...Chosen Horizon League Player of the Week (Jan. 14) after leading Butler in scoring in consecutive wins over Loyola, Green Bay and Milwaukee...Boasts the second-highest single season scoring total ever by a Butler freshman...Came off the bench with 14 points, 5 rebounds and a team-high four assists at Ball in his first collegiate game...His 14 points were the most by a Butler freshman in his first game since 1990 when Jermaine Guice scored 16 against Western Illinois...Posted second consecutive double-figures game with 10 points in 16 minutes against Indiana State...Had seven rebounds and a career-high two blocked shots, despite being limited by foul problems at Evansville...Had Butler's first 2007-08 double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds in 29 minutes in Butler's victory over Michigan...Scored 11 points in 13 minutes of reserve action against Texas Tech in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout...Came off the bench with a career-high 23 points and a team-high seven rebounds in 29 minutes to help lead Butler past Ohio State...Given first collegiate start at Detroit and responded with 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots in a career-high 38 minutes...Had a team-high eight rebounds and three blocked shots at Wright State...Scored 11 points and matched his career-high by hitting five of seven free throws against Florida State...Had 14 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes against Bradley...Scored 12 points in 18 minutes at Florida Gulf Coast...Had 15 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots at Southern Illinois...Limited by foul trouble, but still scored 12 points in 17 minutes against Valparaiso at Hinkle Fieldhouse...Led the Bulldogs with 19 points and five rebounds in just 20 minutes at Loyola...Topped Butler with 22 points and added nine rebounds and two blocked shots in the Bulldogs' victory at home over Green Bay...Led the Bulldogs with 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots in 26 minutes against Milwaukee at Hinkle Fieldhouse...Had team-highs of 16 points and eight rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots at Cleveland State...Posted a team-high 20 points and shared the team lead with eight rebounds at Youngstown State...Recorded his third double-double with team-highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds against Loyola at Hinkle Fieldhouse...Led the Bulldogs with 20 points in 29 minutes against UIC at Hinkle Fieldhouse...Posted team-highs of 17 points and eight rebound in Butler's victory over Cleveland State...Had 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds against #16 Drake...Notched 12 points, five rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in Butler' title-clinching victory over Wright State...Posted 16 points, five rebounds, three steals, two blocked shots and one assist against Cleveland State in the championship game of the Horizon League Tournament...Scored 11 points against South Alabama in his first NCAA Tournament action.

High School: All-State forward at Connersville High School...rated as a "Top 100" player by several recruiting publications prior to his senior season...named to the Indiana All-Star Team for the two-game summer series against Kentucky...four-time all-conference performer...two-time team co-captain...finished as the all-time leading scorer and all-time leading rebounder at Connersville...averaged a double-double in scoring and rebounding in each of his final two high school seasons...led the state of Indiana in rebounding as a senior with an average of 14.4 rebounds per game...posted a high game of 20 rebounds...ranked eighth in the state in scoring in 2006-07 with a 23.6 average...had a high game of 42 points...stood second in the state in blocked shots (3.9 bpg)...ranked 17th in Indiana in field goal percentage (.618)...averaged 19.1 points and 10.6 rebounds as a junior...shot 57.8% from the field and 81.1% from the free throw line in 2005-06...averaged 4.3 blocked shots in junior season...named to the core group of the Indiana Junior All-Star Team in 2006...led Connersville to four straight winning seasons, including a 19-3 mark in 2005-06 and an 18-4 record in 2006-07...earned four varsity basketball letters...named Most Valuable Player of the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions and the Hoosier Shootout in the summer before his senior season...High School Coach: Rodney Klein.