Joshua Jay Howard (born April 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball player. At 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) and 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st), he starts at small forward for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. His nickname is "J-Ho".
Howard attended Glenn High School in Kernersville, where he was a First-Team All-State selection in his senior year and averaged six blocks per game while shooting 70%. He also averaged a double-double at Glenn during his junior and senior years, during which time he also received the Frank Spencer Award (for the top player in Northwest North Carolina) twice. During his senior year at Glenn High School, Howard was handcuffed outside of a BP gas station the night before his SAT examination. Howard had been loitering on the premises with some of his friends, and undercover cops believing the teenagers had been selling drugs detained them.
In order to get into Wake Forest, Howard needed an SAT score of at least 950. Howard did not get a 950, saying his score was "somewhere in the 500s". He therefore spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, where he averaged a double-double, with 19.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Howard led Hargrave to a
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