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  Jerrance Howard
Jerrance Howard

Player Profile
RS Senior

Peoria, Ill.

High School:
Peoria H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 200



2003-04 Senior: After originally announcing intentions to finish his collegiate career in 2003, decided to return for his final season of eligibility and to gain experience for future plans as a coach.

2002-03 Junior: Saw action in 14 games and earned the first start of his collegiate career on Senior Day vs. Minnesota (3/9) ... Saw significant action in five Big Ten contests (Michigan State, Purdue, Northwestern, Indiana and Minnesota) ... Scored a career-high tying four points on 2-of-3 shooting vs. Indiana (2/25) ... Had three points and two assists vs. Minnesota ... Dished out a season-high three assists in eight minutes of action vs. Oakland ... Played a season-high nine minutes vs. Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal.

2001-02 Sophomore: Reserve point guard played in 21 games on the year ... Scored season-high four points against Eastern Illinois, also tying his career high ... Played a season-high 10 minutes three times, against Georgia Tech, Western Illinois and Penn State ... Dished out season-high four assists against Western Illinois ... Tied career high with four points in NCAA Tournament first round win over San Diego State, hitting career-high two field goals.

2000-01 Freshman: Spelled Frank Williams as a backup point guard and saw action in 25 games...Had season-high four assists vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (12/6)...Scored season-high four points and grabbed season-high three rebounds against Penn State (1/20)...Roommate of fellow Peoria natives Frank Williams, Sergio McClain and Marcus Griffin.

1999-2000 Redshirt: Sat out the season as a redshirt after becoming eligible midway through the season. Retains four years of eligibility.

Averaged 10.0 points, 7.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds as a senior at Peoria High School...A four-year basketball letterman ...Helped lead Peoria to a 23-4 record...Shot 47.5 percent from the field (85-of-179), and 31 percent from three-point range (9-of-29)...A 70 percent free throw shooter (37-of-53)...Second team all-state selection (Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, News-Gazette)...Third team all-state selection (Associated Press)...First team all-conference...Chosen for the Peoria Area Top 5 list...Played for Coach Chuck Buescher ...Verbally committed to Illinois as a junior, signed with the Illini in the fall signing period.

Son of Al and Mary Hopson...Has six brothers and sisters...Chosen as Homecoming King as a senior...A member of student council and the junior leadership program...Peoria's junior class president and a Senior Ambassador...One of many Michael Jordan fans on the Illini team, Jerrance likes the former NBA all-star because of his hard work and love for the game...Played one year in high school with former Indiana University star A.J. Guyton...Spent some of the 1999 summer working out with Guyton in Bloomington ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences studying a general curriculum.

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