CHARLESTON, S.C. – Javis Howard will soon become the latest Charleston Southern product to move onto a professional playing career. Howard signed a contract with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League earlier this week, and will report to the team August 28.
Howard wrapped up his college career this season and is currently working to complete his degree this summer. The 6-8 forward was a four-year contributor for the Bucs and now joins former teammates Saah Nimley, Cedrick Bowen and Will Saunders, among others, competing overseas.
"It hasn't even fully hit me yet but it's a big relief to know I'm going to get to play pro basketball," Howard said. "I'm starting to feel it more as people congratulate me but I don't think it fully will until I get there and I'm like 'wow, I've really done it.'"
Howard averaged 5.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game last season to help a young CSU team win eight of final 11 contests. The Irmo, S.C., product enjoyed his most productive season as a junior, leading the Big South Conference and ranking 48th nationally in offensive rebounds. Howard was also a member of the Bucs' Big South regular season championship club in 2014-15.
"First things first, I want to go over there and establish myself and just try to make an impact," Howard said. "I'll have my ears open, listen and try to figure out how I can fit in as fast as I can on and off the court. I can't wait to get started."