That is a serious question folks and I think the answer is yes. Markus Howard is the greatest basketball player that ever lived. To be honest, I don’t even think it’s close. Michael Jordan? Psh. LeBron James? Wake me up when he has hair on his head. Bill Russell? HA!
In case you missed it, Markus Howard scored 53 points in Marquette’s thrilling overtime win at Creighton last night. Only the most points scored in a Big East game in conference history, no big deal. Who did he have to pass to hold that record himself? He had to score more points than Markus Howard. Yes, he beat his own record set last year when he scored 52 points against Providence. Let me list off a few people who have played in this storied conference:
- Kemba Walker
- Jimmy Butler
- Carmelo Anthony
- Alonzo Mourning
- Ray Allen
- Allen Iverson
- Rip Hamilton
- Patrick Ewing
- Luke Harangody
Not a single player listed above has scored more points in a Big East game, not one! Not to mention, this is the second time the 19 year old has scored 50 points this season. He is the only player in NCAA history to achieve this feat in the last 20 seasons. Yes, he is just 19 years old…six months younger than Trae Young. Just take a look at these highlights from last night, he hit 11 three pointers. Absurd.
The game went into overtime on one of the biggest bonehead plays you will ever see. Once the game entered overtime, Markus decided it was time to score 14 more points. He scored 14 points in a 5 minute period when his team needed him most. Look at his output in the last 9 games.
He is shooting 50.5% from three during this stretch and averaging a measly 30.8 points per game. He has truly put himself in the running for player of the year. Marquette would not be even close to the team they are without their leader. He will pull up from virtually any spot on the court and his release is quicker than a 13 year old opening up Playboy for the first time.
He is the best basketball player on the planet. No, I did not go to Marquette. I have not cheered for this team since I stepped on campus in the summer of 2008. I have no dog in this fight people. Please don’t argue with me and enjoy him while you can. Once he goes to the NBA, his game may not translate. It is our duty to ensure he stays one more year in Milwaukee. Start the movement folks #HoldUpHoward.