Top-50 prospect Jett Howard commits to play for dad Juwan Howard with Michigan Wolverines

Jett Howard plans to play for his father, asserting Wednesday he’s committing to Juwan Howard and the Michigan Wolverines.

While Michigan was all the time perceived as the favourite in Howard’s recruitment, the top-50 prospect additionally visited NC State, Tennessee and Georgetown.

“It was really hard. Harder than most people think,” Howard instructed ESPN. “I took visits and really liked the places and coaches. As of a few days ago, I was unsure. My mom and aunt played a big role as they came on the visits. They helped put things into perspective.”

Howard mentioned his mom, Jenine, and aunt did not strive to persuade him to play at Michigan.

“Do what’s best for you,” he mentioned of their recommendation. “They never leaned either way. They were so impressed by the other coaches and programs. I was, too.”

Juwan Howard wished his son to undergo the recruitment course of like every other highly-rated prospect.

“My mom would tell me my dad told her the same things that he was telling me. He told me how much he believes in me as a player. That he will put me in the best position to succeed,” Jett Howard mentioned. “What my dad said that really got my attention was, ‘We need you from day one. I know your game better than anyone else. If you were not my son, I would still recruit you.’ And, of course, I trusted him the most. He has developed me my whole life. Opportunities like this do not come around often.”

Howard lastly made his school choice throughout a automobile trip with his mom not too long ago.

“We had a lot of little conversations here and there. But we did not have family sit-downs. My mom was driving me to the airport, and I just came out and said, I am going to Michigan and I’m going to play for your husband,” he mentioned. “Then I called my dad and told him. He started screaming ‘Let’s do it! I would have you supported you anywhere. Thanks for believing in our staff, and we need you.’ It sounds like a coach, but I knew it was my dad.”

A 6-foot-7 ahead who performs at IMG Academy (Florida), Howard is ranked No. 41 within the ESPN 100 for 2022. In 12 video games with the Nightrydas Elite on the Nike EYBL program in July, Howard averaged 11.8 factors, 4.8 rebounds and a couple of.9 assists.

Howard has deep capturing vary with wonderful shot mechanics, preparation and steadiness. He has grown just a few inches, which makes it simpler for him to see the rim and more durable for defenders to trouble his shot. His jumper units up his drive recreation, and his step-back jumper is one in every of his only photographs. He performs with a scoring confidence that interprets to his manufacturing. Howard’s playmaking skills are generally neglected due to his shot-making expertise. He shows the imaginative and prescient to see the whole court docket when discovering teammates.

He wants to proceed to form his body and change into a greater ball handler, particularly going towards stress and driving left.

Howard is the third dedication for Michigan in 2022, becoming a member of fellow ESPN 100 prospects Tarris Reed and Dug McDaniel. The Wolverines are coming off the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in 2021.