Juwan Howard welcomes his first recruiting class to campus this fall. The incoming class is ranked as the best in the Big Ten and features three top-100 players. To get to know each incoming prospect a little better, UM Hoops spoke to their former high school and grassroots coaches to paint a clearer picture of what each incoming prospect will bring to the table in Ann Arbor.
Somewhere between the roller coaster of excitement and disappointment when Michigan seemed on the verge of completing its best recruiting class since the Fab Five and things all fell apart back in April was the vacillating status of Jace Howard’s scholarship.
In the days surrounding the decommitment of Isaiah Todd and Joshua Christopher’s decision to spurn the Wolverines for Arizona State, Howard’s own status seemed dependent on whatever they did. Over a few days, outlets reported he would join Michigan as a walk-on, as opposed to the scholarship anticipated when he committed in January. Then it would be a scholarship again. All of this played as a footnote while his father, Juwan, was fishing for bigger names, and all of this serves as a good way to represent Howard’s place in this recruiting class.
In a four-man group that ranks 15th in the nation, Howard is the lone 3-star, carries the stigma of being the coach’s son and often intrinsically written off for whatever will become of the 2020-21 season.
Those who have worked with him will tell you not to overlook him. He will be more than Michigan’s 12th man — and perhaps soon.