Markus Anthony Howard was born on March 3, 1999 in Morristown, New Jersey and is the son of Chuck and Noemi Howard. His father Chuck was an All-American running back at Indiana University. Howard has two brothers, Desmond and Jordan, who both also played college basketball. Howard attended Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona, where he teamed for one season with his older brother, Jordan. As a freshman at Perry, Markus posted 23 points per game, leading the team to the state semifinals and eventually committing to Arizona State. As a sophomore, he averaged 32.4 points per game and decided to decommit from Arizona State and re-open his recruitment. Howard transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada, where he played his final season of high school basketball. Howard reclassified to the class of 2016 and signed with Marquette University. Howard is a devout Christian who started a Fellowship of Christian Athletes club during his time at Marquette and studied digital media. Fans can follow the high-scoring guard on Twitter @markushoward11.