Markus Howard Compared to Rivals’ Top Freshmen List

Markus Howard Compared to Rivals’ Top Freshmen List

Rivals.com released their ‘top ten freshman’ to date and added another seven who they felt were in the conversation. Neither of Marquette’s freshmen were included, but both have enjoyed strong year one campaigns.

Sam Hauser, who sports a top-40 offensive rating, doesn’t make the cut because of his low usage. Markus Howard has a great argument for inclusion, but his minutes played are a bit low compared to the Rivals’ group.

Here’s the list, along with each player’s respective offensive rating and usage (per KenPom.com):

Top 10 ORtg Usage
Lonzo Ball 130.6 20.6%
Markelle Fultz 114.3 31.3%
Josh Jackson 108.1 28.4%
Malik Monk 120.3 25.3%
T.J. Leaf 131.7 20.9%
Dennis Smith 113.0 28.6%
De’Aaron Fox 111.1 26.3%
Lauri Markkanen 130.7 20.7%
Miles Bridges 100.9 25.6%
Jayson Taytum 105.8 26.2%
Others Mentioned ORtg Usage
Jonathan Isaac 122.1 21.3%
Charlie Moore 100.8 26.9%
Jarrett Allen 99.8 23.5%
Justin Patton 121.6 21.4%
Shamorie Ponds 115.0 23.4%
Marcus LoVett 111.8 24.7%
Robert Williams 110.4 24.2%
Marquette ORtg Usage
Markus Howard 115.7 24.6%
Sam Hauser 128.8 13.8%

Let’s graph it. Below shows how ORtg and Usage intersect for all of the players named by Rivals, PLUS Marquette Howard (MU logo). Think he belongs?

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