Matt Howard Named Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month

Butler junior Matt Howard, who helped lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Final Four, has been named U. S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month for March.  He’s the fourth Butler student-athlete to be honored by the league this school year.

Howard (Connersville) helped Butler to a league-record performance during the month of March.  The Bulldogs (33-5) captured the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship and then posted NCAA Tournament wins over UTEP, Murray State, top-seeded Syracuse and second-seeded Kansas State.  At the NCAA Final Four, Butler defeated Michigan State, 52-50, before falling in the national championship game to Duke, 61-59.  Howard, who was named Most Valuable Player at the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship, averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds during Butler’s unbeaten march through March.

The 6-8 Butler forward, who carries a 3.77 grade point average as a finance major, also was recognized for his successful performance in the classroom.  He was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, and he was selected as the Division I-AAA AD’s Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  He further earned the NCAA Elite 88 Award at the Final Four.

The Horizon League instituted the U.S. Army Scholar-Athlete of the Month awards as a way to recognize outstanding academic and athletic achievement by its student-athletes.  To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or better (on a 4.00 scale), have completed at least one year at the member institution, passed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours and perform well during the month’s competition.  Winners are selected by the League’s faculty athletics representatives, from nominations provided by sports information directors.

Previous Butler winners this year were men’s soccer players Boris Gatzky (August/September) and Conner Burt (November) and cross country runner Andy Baker (October).

(Photos by John Fetcho)