Bradley Central Celebrates Rhyne Howard’s Basketball Career by Retiring Her Jersey
Cleveland, TN – (WDEF-TV) Before Rhyne Howard started tearing up SEC basketball at Kentucky, she was tearing up high school basketball at Bradley Central. Howard is one of the best players to come through our area in recent years. Last Friday night, Bradley Central honored her outstanding career by retiring her number 23 jersey.
Said Howard: “It’s just super fun to be back and being around everyone who loves me.”
Rhyne Howard certainly gave Bradley Central fans plenty to love during her spectacular high school career. Only fitting she has her jersey number hanging from the rafters.
Said Bradley Central head coach Jason Reuter: “I’ve said it many, many times. She’s the best I’ve ever coached, but I’m not going to dare say she’s the best Bearette of all time because there’s too many great ones, and that would be unfair. There’s a lot of great ones. The Lord blessed me with her coming to Bradley Central. I owe Rhyne Howard more than she owes me.”
Yeah it’s a blessing all right for a coach to have someone on their team like Howard, who during her senior year alone scored 758 points. Howard hasn’t slowed down either since leaving her high school alma mata.
Said Reuter: “What she has done at the University of Kentucky has been phenomenal. Back-to-back SEC player of the year. Is in the running for a third time. It’s just. She very well could be the first pick in the WNBA draft. It’s almost like you know. What else can you do.”
Don’t ask me. Like Coach Reuter said, Howard is basically a lock for the upcoming WNBA draft.
Said Howard: “You know I do a little bit of thinking about it, but I have to focus on my where I’m at now and what we are doing as a team at Kentucky, so I don’t let it wave over me a lot.”
Reporter: “What do you want out of this season for you at Kentucky this year?”
Said Howard: “Championships. Rings. You know the whole sha-bang. Be able to lead my team to great things.”
Having your jersey retired is a tremendous achievement, but the cheers of support from your home town is pretty awesome as well.
Said Howard: “Like it’s really like cool because I didn’t talk a lot when I was in high school, so for me to have such a huge impact on the teachers, the parents, and even the little kids. It’s just great because they have someone to look up to or somebody that’s putting Cleveland on the map.”
Said Reuter: “Really I’m more proud that I got to know Rhyne Howard as a person. She’s just a really special young lady.”