Michigan formally announced the addition of grad transfer Mike Smith and Wake Forest transfer Chaundee Brown today.
Both have been admitted to the University of Michigan, which is “assessing the potential for a NCAA waiver for Brown,” according to a U-M release.
“We are always striving to find the best people to come in and help this program on and away from the basketball court,” Howard said in a statement. “Both Mike and Chaundee are experienced players, experienced leaders and dedicated to academics. Frankly, they are just two wonderful young men. They are the perfect fit for the culture we are building here, and we are counting the days until they arrive in Ann Arbor.”
“I’m excited for this opportunity to become a Wolverine,” said Smith. “Columbia was such an amazing experience and journey. I know I will cherish it for the rest of my life. The opportunity to play one more season and further my education at the University of Michigan was something I couldn’t pass up. I am very excited to join coach Howard and his great culture. I am ready and willing to do whatever it takes to help this program reach its goals. It’s going to be a year to remember!”
“Being able to play and be mentored by Coach Howard is really a dream come true,” said Brown. “If you would have said to me 10 years ago I would be attending the University of Michigan and playing for Juwan Howard, I would have laughed. He knows the game of basketball well, as he played for U-M and played in the NBA for such a long time. This helps him understand both sides of being a player and having a coaching style, which is such a blessing. Joining such a prestigious basketball program like Michigan really excites me in so many ways. Coming to a new city, meeting new fans, joining new coaches and players is a wonderful feeling. I am definitely ready for this new journey.”