With refined recruiting approach, Howard reaches new heights

Juwan Howard has rarely been one for self-reflection, at least not publicly. So it figures that when asked Monday about how he’d evaluate his own recruiting performance through two cycles, Howard demurred.

“To be honest with you I do not know how to assess,” Howard said. “What does that entail? How do you look at the process and evaluate assessment of yourself and your staff?”

Whether that’s honest uncertainty or intentional deflection hardly matters. The results now speak for themselves.

Later that day, Moussa Diabate, a lengthy 6-foot-10 power forward, committed to Michigan, rounding out a class that also includes five-star wing Caleb Houstan, four-star guards Kobe Bufkin and Frankie Collins, and three-stars Will Tschetter and Isaiah Barnes. Michigan beat out Kentucky, among others, for Diabate. Five have signed their letters of intent with Barnes set to sign his later today.

A year after reeling in the top class in the conference, Howard has produced the No. 1 class in the nation. Diabate and Houstan are two of the three highest-ranked Michigan commits in the modern rankings era, according to 247 Sports.

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