June 14, 2007
Florida State women’s basketball head coach Sue Semrau continues to build on her program’s success, adding the No. 41 player (All Star Girls Report) in the 2007 class to her incoming freshman class. Antionette Howard, a 5-foot-11 guard/forward from South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Ga., has signed a grant-in-aid and joins Courtney Ward, the 5-foot-7 combo guard from Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Ala., and Christian Hunnicutt, a 5-10 guard out of Jonesboro, Ga., in rounding out the 2007-08 recruiting class.
“Antionette is not only a talented basketball player, she is a winner,” Semrau said. “She has the championship mentality that we’ve worked hard to build here at Florida State. She is extremely versatile which makes her a great fit for our system, and a perfect compliment to this recruiting class. Nette had great chemistry with our team. I believe she can make an immediate impact.”
Howard, who hails from Loganville, Ga., was released from her National Letter of Intent with Florida due to a coaching change and re-opened her search. She had well over 30 Division I scholarship offers at the time she committed to Florida and among those programs recruiting her were Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Purdue, Rutgers and Tennessee.
A very skilled wing player, who has great size and mobility, Howard is quicker than most forwards and stronger and bigger than most guards.
As a senior at South Gwinnett, Howard averaged 15.3 points and 7.8 rebounds. Howard averaged 10.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists her junior year for the Comets who were runner-ups in the Class AAAAA state finals where she averaged more than 17 points per game. The All Star Girls Report also ranked her ninth for her position. Howard was rated No. 53 by Blue Star and No. 55 by Hoopgurlz.com.
Howard was a two-time Adidas Top Ten Camp Upperclass All Star and a Class 5A All-State Honorable Mention and Street & Smith All-America Honorable Mention in 2005 and 2006.
Florida State is coming off its first-ever Sweet Sixteen appearance and third straight 20-win season (24-8, 20-10, 24-10) . The Seminoles finished the season ranked No. 19 in the USA Today poll.