Clinton’s standout basketball player, EJ Howard, will be playing his first two years of college basketball at Sandhills Community College, starting next season. Last week, he signed his National Letter of Intent with his parents and coaches present in the Clinton High School Media Center.
Howard was a big part of four great years of success under head coach Randy Jordan, and that is something that Sandhills head coach, Mike Apple, really liked about Howard.
“Obviously one of the things we look for in our players is someone that knows how to win,” said Apple. “We are proud to have EJ because we know that he is a great student athlete, and we know that he has played and been a part of such a successful program under a coach that my staff and I have a lot of respect for. We are excited about EJ because we feel like his best basketball is still in his future and that he has a tremendous amount of upside and potential.”
Howard is excited about the opportunity himself, and mentioned during the signing how thankful he was for the opportunity and how grateful he was for his time at Clinton.
Speaking of his time at Clinton, Coach Jordan was pleased that his player had found a good fit, but mentioned that he and the team would miss him as a person and player next season.
“We will miss EJ very much,” he said. “He has meant so much more to our program and coaches than just a student athlete He is an outstanding young man who has developed into a leader at CHS on and off the court. He genuinely cares about people and that shows every day. As a player, EJ’s best is ahead of him. In college he will be able to focus on perimeter play and will be able to further develop his skills. He should be able to step in as a freshman and help them from the start. Our loss is Sandhills CC’s gain.”
EJ’s mother was proud to say the least for her son.
“I have never forced a sport on EJ or his younger brothers,” she said. “I’m happy that he will have the opportunity to continue his education and play the game of basketball in hopes of getting to a 4-year program. I am very proud of my son, and this will give him a great chance to continue to develop on and off the court.”
Howard always did the intangibles for the Dark Horses, and would often be classified as a coach’s dream, due to his hard work and determination. He always puts the team first, and that will go a long way in itself when he continues his career at the college level. Throw in the God-given talent, and Howard is set to have a successful career at Sandhills CC.
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