One of the most explosive backcourt players in the Southland Conference, Howell brings scoring and ballhandling to the back court after a stellar junior season.
As a junior: Named to the 2003 All-Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Team honorable mention, Howell was the team’s leading scorer along with Derrick Obasohan at 11.3 points per game... Hometown hero sat out the 2001-02 season due to NCAA transfer rules after transferring to UTA from Grambling State University, where he played for the Tigers his first two years... Scored in double figures 18 times and scored nine three other games... Led team in scoring five times, steals 15 times and led or shared lead in assists three times... Made team-high 79.7% of free throws (51 of 64)... Would have ranked sixth in the league but did not meet minimum requirements... Ranked 12th in field goal percentage at 47.9% (138 of 288)... Named the SLC Men’s Basketball “Player of the Week” Dec. 9, 2002 after averaging 18.0 points in two games against Arkansas-Monticello and at Houston.
Prior to UTA: Played basketball at Grambling State University as a freshman and sophomore in 1999-2000 and 2000-01, respectively... As a sophomore, was team’s fourth leading scorer with 10.2 points per game average for the Tigers... Averaged 2.6 rebounds and dished out 1.8 assists per game... Poured in season-high 30 points at TCU in 2000... Had 12 double-figure scoring games in 2000-01 includign 21 points in win over Mississippi Valley State and 20 points in win over Prairie View A&M... Had season-high seven rebounds in loss at Baylor.
High school: Well honored hoops star at Arlington’s James Bowie High School... District 6-5A MVP as a junior in 1998 and named first team all-area by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram... Named second team all-Region I-5A as a junior and senior... Named first team All-District 6-5A as a senior... Named “Defensive Player of the Year” in 1999... An Academic All-American in 1998 and was listed in Who’s Who in Academics in 1999.
Personal: Born Sept. 13, 1981 in St. Louis, Mo., is the son of Lovie and Keith Howell... An information systems major... Enjoys relaxing, listening to music and working on computers... Hopes to own his own business after graduation... Nickname is “KD – my mother always called me Keith Douglas, but she shortened it.” ... Married wife Dennisha last summer... They have one daughter, Kendyl Denae.