4-Star SF Jett Howard Commits to Play for Father Juwan at Michigan

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Jett Howard committed to Michigan on Wednesday, joining his father, Juwan, in Ann Arbor.

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Four-star and class of 2022 prospect, Jett Howard, has committed to play for his father Juwan Howard at Michigan 〽️ pic.twitter.com/5aC8LWg892

The 6’7″ wing is the 37th-best player overall and 11th-best small forward in 247Sports’ composite rankings for the 2022 class.

Howard said Wednesday’s announcement was a “tough decision” because he had been “seriously looking” at Tennessee, per 247Sports’ Brandon Jenkins. The opportunity to play for his father was too good to pass up, though:

“But it was just the family atmosphere obviously because of my dad. I also feel I will have a good opportunity to play right away. I honestly like how everybody is treated the same around the campus. I paid attention to the little things when it came to this recruiting process and that stood out along with the culture and environment of the program.”

Jenkins projected Howard as a starter for a Power Five program, writing he has “a strong frame, a solid motor on the defensive end, and can knock down the open jumper with range.” He also praised the IMG Academy star for his shooting and value he provides as an off-ball scorer.

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Jett Howard, the No.41st overall prospect in the class of 2022 commits to Michigan. @umichbball

“Elite shooter who you can’t leave open at anytime. Extremely good playmaker. One of the best passers at his position.” @IMGABasketball HC Sean McAloon. @WhosNextHS pic.twitter.com/BC8FZiX3J0

In addition to his dad, Howard will be teaming up with older brother Jace, a sophomore guard. Jace made 11 appearances for the Wolverines in 2020-21 and scored 12 points in 34 minutes on the floor.

With Jett’s commitment, Michigan now has the third-best class in 247Sports’ composite team rankings. The program is poised to add three other 4-star recruits: center Tarris Reed, point guard Dug McDaniel and power forward Gregg Glenn.

The Wolverines had a somewhat bumpy first season under Juwan Howard, going 19-12 after having won 30 games the previous under former coach John Beilein. They turned things around in 2020-21, winning a Big Ten regular-season title and reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. 

Howard’s work on the recruiting trail should ensure that progress continues.

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