It’s no secret that Juwan Howard’s NBA pedigree has paid dividends for Michigan on the recruiting trail. High school prospects, particularly big men, are drawn to the idea of learning under the tutelage of Howard, a 19-year NBA veteran who has been everywhere they aspire to go.
That’s no longer Howard’s only draw, though. Now, as he enters his third season at the helm in Ann Arbor, Howard can appeal to recruits with the success he’s had at the collegiate level, too.
That proved to be a difference-maker for Tarris Reed, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound four-star power forward in the Class of 2022. Reed committed to Michigan on Thursday night, choosing the Wolverines over Michigan State, Purdue and Ohio State. He is the first big man and second prospect in Michigan’s 2022 recruiting class, joining point guard Dug McDaniel, who committed in June.
“There’s the fact that Juwan played the position at the highest level, the fact that Juwan then coached the position at the highest level in the NBA,” Matt Suther, the program director of Reed’s Nike EYBL club, MoKan Elite, explained to UM Hoops on Wednesday. “And now, the fact that he’s very active with his frontcourt guys at Michigan and actually spends time on the court with them, that’s a very big selling point.”