June 8, 2005
Higdon and Howard Join Men's Basketball for 2005-06; Recruiting Class up to FourMARYVILLE, Mo. -- The Northwest Missouri State men's basketball program and head coach Steve Tappmeyer announced the signing of junior guard/forward Dillon Higdon (Kansas City, Missouri) and junior guard Mose Howard (Omaha, Nebraska) to a NCAA National Letter of Intent. Both players will be eligible to play during the 2005-2006 season.
Higdon, a 6-4, 175-pound guard/forward, transfers to Northwest from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Ida. He spent two years with the Vandals playing in 49 games with nine starts.
Higdon's nine starts came during the 2004-2005 season when he averaged 4.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, shot 35 percent from beyond the arc and 39 percent from the field. During his freshman campaign, Higdon played in 20 games.
"I saw a lot of action as a true freshman and as a sophomore I started and averaged over 20 minutes a game," Higdon said. "My best performances last season came against Gonzaga when I scored 16 points in the regular season and 19 points in the conference tournament."
During his senior year at Park Hill South High School, Higdon was named First Team All-Conference, First Team All-District and Second Team All-State. He also ran track for Park Hill South and was a member of the Honor Roll.
"I look forward to finishing my collegiate career as a Bearcat." Higdon said. "I can't wait to win a championship."
Howard, a 5-11, 170 pound guard, transfers to Northwest from the University of Missouri-Kansas City after one season. Prior to his stint with UMKC, he spent the 2003-2004 season at Iowa Western Community College.
During his one season with the UMKC Kangaroos, Howard averaged 3.3 points and 1.2 assists per game in 28 appearances. At Iowa Western, Howard scored 7.5 points per contest and committed only 28 turnovers in 32 games.
During Howard's senior season at Bryan High School, he was named Second Team All-State and First Team All-Metro. As a prep, he averaged 19 points, pulled down six rebounds, dished out five assists and had four steals per game.
"Mose will be a big asset to Northwest Missouri State," Iowa Western assistant coach James Bankhead said. "He can really guard and he really competes. He ended up starting for us during the conference playoffs and hit some big shots to help us win games. He will be a very good player."
Higdon and Howard join Xzavier Gaines and Jolenta Martin as the Northwest signees this off-season.
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