NC State signee Richard Howell scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help lead the U.S. All-Stars to a 112-86 victory over the Baltimore All-Stars in the 2009 Charm City Challenge.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward scored 12 in the first half as the U.S. team built an early lead and never looked back. For his efforts, Howell was named to the All-Tournament Team.
"We played well," said Howell. "It was a good experience for me because I got to play with some other ACC players, and I also got to play again with Lorenzo."
Fellow Wolfpack signee Lorenzo Brown was also on the U.S. team, as the 6-foot-5, Roswell (GA) Centennial standout played point guard. He was impressed with Howell's play.
"Richard, he's not a normal big man," said Brown. "He's a combo forward because he can handle the ball and shoot... that separates him from the other power forwards out there.
"He was killing the guy they had guarding him... we got to do some stuff together out there like running the pick-and-roll. It was fun."
"I love playing with Lorenzo," said Howell. "It's like we already had that connection out there. He made a couple of passes to me where he knew exactly where I was going to be, and I did the same with him.
"I think it's a good start for us... playing together now. We were talking about it when we got up here. We grew up together and now we'll be playing together in college. It's crazy... I can't wait to get up there."
The duo will play together again on April 18th as Brown and Howell accepted invitations to participate in the Reebok All-American Game which will be held on the campus of American University.
As for now, Howell will leave Baltimore and make a stop in Raleigh before heading back to Marietta, Georgia.
"I'm actually flying from Baltimore to North Carolina," said Howell. "My mom lives in North Carolina, so I'm going to spend some time with her and I'll be going over to State for a couple of days. I'm going to try and hang out with the players and coaches and maybe play some ball."
It's been a terrific couple of months for Howell. He led Wheeler High School to a state title, and he was also a first-team all-state selection.
One award he didn't win was Cobb County Player of the Year, as that was given to Marietta (GA) Walton star Ryan Harrow. Just a junior, Harrow has committed to NC State and although they are rivals right now, Howell admits he can't wait to play with Harrow.
"I can't even picture it," he said. "I'll be at State with Lorenzo and then Ryan comes in the next year. That's going to be crazy. As good as he is now, he's going to only get bigger and stronger.
"He's a terrific point guard. He's a tremendous player. He can get 30 points every night, but he can still have 15 assists. He's not selfish, but he knows when he has to take over a game and be selfish."
Howell received his housing package this past week and plans on moving to Raleigh over the summer.
"I just got my package from housing so it's getting close to the time for me to move to State," he said. "I talk with the coaches about every other day... just about school and stuff, nothing serious.
"One thing we talked about that I think is going to help me when I get to college is getting on a strength and conditioning program. That's something I'm looking forward to because it will help me tremendously.
"I don't like to stretch and probably don't stretch as much as I should, but when I get there they're going to work with e a lot with that. It's only going to help my game and make me a better player."