Rhyne Howard

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Rhyne Howard
Howard with Kentucky in 2022
No. 10 – Atlanta Dream
PositionShooting guard
LeagueWNBA
Personal information
Born (2000-04-29) April 29, 2000 (age 23)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolBradley Central
(Cleveland, Tennessee)
CollegeKentucky (2018–2022)
WNBA draft2022: 1st round, 1st overall pick
Selected by the Atlanta Dream
Playing career2022–present
Career history
2022–presentAtlanta Dream
2022-2023Beretta Famila Schio
Career highlights and awards
Medals
Women's basketball
Representing the  United States
FIBA AmeriCup
Gold medal – first place 2021 Puerto Rico Team
FIBA Under-19 World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2019 Thailand Team
FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2018 Mexico Team

Rhyne Howard (born April 29, 2000) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats. She graduated from Bradley Central High School located in Cleveland, Tennessee in 2018. She was drafted first overall by the Dream in the 2022 WNBA draft.

In her senior year of high school at Bradley Central located in Tennessee, she was named 2018 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year and Tennessee Miss Basketball. Howard participated on the USA team in 2018 and 2019, leading them to a gold medal and was awarded MVP honors in 2018. She participated in the Jordan Brand Classic among the top rated recruits in the U.S.[1] Following her freshman season at Kentucky, Howard was named USBWA National Freshman of the Year.[2] In 2020 and 2021, she was named SEC Player of the Year.[3]

College career[edit]

Howard notched SEC player of the year in 2020 and 2021, her sophomore and junior years at UK. She also earned All-SEC defensive team and All-SEC first team honors in 2021. In her freshman year, she earned the honors of All-SEC first team and SEC freshman of the year. Entering the Wildcats' 2021 postseason, Howard is the only player in the nation averaging 19 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game, while snatching 40 steals and 70 assists.[4]

On January 27, 2022, Howard scored her 2,000th point in her college career, becoming the third Wildcat to reach that benchmark.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career best ° League leader

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2018–19 Kentucky 32 31 30.9 .445 .387 .676 5.1 2.3 2.1 0.7 2.4 16.4
2019–20 Kentucky 27 27 31.2 .433 .382 .791 6.5 2.4 2.3 1.1 2.2 23.4
2020–21 Kentucky 24 24 34.8 .444 .373 .779 7.3 3.8 2.5 0.8 2.1 20.7
2021–22 Kentucky 31 31 35.3 .441 .383 .808 7.4 3.3 2.3 1.3 1.8 20.5
Career 114 113 33.0 .440 .382 .772 6.9 2.9 2.3 1.0 2.2 20.1

Professional career[edit]

On April 11, 2022, Howard was drafted first overall by the Atlanta Dream in the 2022 WNBA draft.[6] During her rookie year Rhyne started every game and averaged 16.8 points, 2.8 assists, and 1.6 steals. Howard was announced to her first All-star game in July.[7] She went on to earn Rookie of the month honors every month from May to August.[8] Howard would later be announced as the WNBA Rookie of the Year for 2022.[9]

WNBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career best ° League leader

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2022 Atlanta 34 34 31.4 .361 .343 .792 4.5 2.8 1.6 0.8 1.6 16.2
2023 Atlanta 39 39 32.9 .385 .352 .788 4.9 3.5 1.3 0.6 1.9 17.5
Career 2 years 1 team 73 73 32.2 .374 .348 .790 4.0 3.2 1.4 0.7 1.7 16.9

Postseason[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2023 Atlanta 2 2 37.5 .431 .458 .667 3.5 2.0 2.0 0.5 2.0 28.5
Career 1 years 1 team 2 2 37.5 .431 .458 .667 3.5 2.0 2.0 0.5 2.0 28.5

Personal life[edit]

Howard is a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority She was initiated through the Iota Mu chapter at the University of Kentucky.[10] Howard is currently in relationship with NBA Star Kevin Durant.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rhyne Howard - Women's Basketball". University of Kentucky Athletics. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  2. ^ Gear, Camille (December 5, 2019). "Rhyne Howard named to USBWA Ann Meyers Drysdale Award watch list". www.wymt.com. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  3. ^ "SEC Announces 2021 Women's Basketball Postseason Awards" (Press release). Southeastern Conference. March 2, 2021. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  4. ^ Milam, Brian. "Rhyne Howard is the SEC Player of the Year...again". www.wkyt.com. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  5. ^ Howard Scores 2,000th Career Point but Cats Fall at Vandy
  6. ^ "Atlanta Dream Selects Rhyne Howard as First Overall Pick in WNBA Draft 2022 Presented by State Farm". WNBA.com. April 11, 2022. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  7. ^ Pickman, Ben. "2022 No. 1 Pick Rhyne Howard Among 12 WNBA ASG Reserves". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  8. ^ Alexandra Parker. "Dream's Rhyne Howard wins fourth-straight Rookie of the Month award". www.atlantanewsfirst.com. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  9. ^ "Atlanta Dream's Rhyne Howard Named 2022 Kia Rookie of the Year". WNBA.com - Official Site of the WNBA. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  10. ^ seniorclassaward.com

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