4-star SF Jahki Howard sets commitment date

On3 imageby:Joe Tipton11/08/23

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Jahki Howard, a four-star small forward in the 2024 class, is ready to make his college announcement. The 6-foot-6, 180-pound senior will announce his decision on Wednesday, November 8th at 12:30 PM ET.

The Boston native will choose between four schools — Auburn, Arkansas, Arizona State, and Georgia Tech.

Howard, who’s spent the last two years of his high school career on scholarship at Overtime Elite in Atlanta, is ranked as the No. 80 overall player in the 2024 On3 Industry Rankings.

Howard talks his finalists

In a previous interview with On3, Howard discussed several of his finalists.

Auburn: “That’s close to the family. Bruce Pearl is a intense guy. That’s the type of person I’m like. I’m like I like to yell. I like to play defense and the energy. He likes to energize and I love that. I love him as a coach.”

Georgia Tech: “It was amazing. It was an unofficial (visit). I had already been to Tech already to hoop. I might go back on another unofficial since they’re so close. It was a great experience, like watching their practice and it was really intense. It was really good to be able to watch a college practice.”

Arkansas: “I love coach Muss. That’s my guy. That’s my guy for sure. I recently got the offer. They came to watch me workout and he offered me. We sat on the phone for like 30, 40 minutes just talking. I love his, his energy and the way he just treats people.”

Jahki Howard talks his game

“I’m gritty, a dog, and I’m going to do the things that other people are not going to do,” he says. “I’m going to make sure I get 10 rebounds, maybe a couple steals, and for sure a couple blocks. I am not really big on the scoring part and that’s one of the reasons I’m at OTE right now, so I can develop my game and a high-level of scoring. Other than that, I’m a grinder. Someone that will dive on the floor, guard you 94-feet, talk on defense, be loud, and just win.”

Which aspects of his game does Howard want to improve the most while at OTE?

“My ball handling for sure, and just me getting stronger, being able to take contact. I already have the athleticism so now with my body being built, I’ll be able to hopefully guard one through five. OTE already has developed me and helped me with my jump shots. So just now getting to the point where I can be able to handle the ball on a high level.”

Howard talks upside of OTE

“As soon as you step in here, you see it. It’s the facilities for sure. Everybody’s going compete, everybody’s going to go at each other. Nobody is going to let you slide. This is like college for real. It’s preparing you for the next level.”