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Markus Howard’s return makes Marquette a preseason top five team

Marquette v DePaul

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 12: Markus Howard #0 of the Marquette Golden Eagles reacts with Joey Hauser #22 of the Marquette Golden Eagles after scoring against the DePaul Blue Demons at Wintrust Arena on February 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

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Huge news coming out of the Big East, as reigning conference Player of the Year, Markus Howard, announced that he will be returning to school for his senior season.

Howard averaged 25.0 points, 4.0 boards and 3.9 assists while shooting 40.3 percent from three as a junior.

Marquette will return their entire starting five with Howard back, and they will also get Koby McEwen, a talented transfer from Utah State that sat out last season, eligible. The Golden Eagles are a top five team heading into next season.