Michigan Wolverines officially has their new head basketball coach – UM basketball alum Juwan Howard.
Fab Five member will look to get things back on track after former leader John Beilein announced he would leave the university to become the coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
One of Howard's first business orders as the new head coach is to get the ball rolling on recruitment. After 4-star progress, Jalen Wilson requested a release from his declaration of intent following the Beilein news – and is now apparently intended for Kansas and North Carolina ̵
This player is 4-star foward Cole Bajema. A solid perspective, but not enough to replace Jordan Poole, Ignas Brazdeikis and Charles Matthews. Not even the top player in the 2019 class alone would be enough to replace the three starters from a season ago.
Howard must definitely beat recruitment games straight out of the gate, and I think it is quite possible for him to do so. But I do not think the results will come to the 2020 class.
Let's be right – the 2019 class for Michigan is unlikely to be strong, given how late the bike is. With only one commit and a 50/50 shot with another – the Franz Wagner options are low. It's unfortunate, it happened so late in the bike, but that's what Wolverines should handle.
Before I enter my next point, let me just say that this is a big shot in the dark and probably won't happen …
With that said … 2019 5-star forward Jaden McDaniels is Howard & # 39; s cousin. Although committed to the University of Washington on Tuesday night, his decision is not yet in ink. If Howard is able to get on the phone with him and convince him to play for his cousin, he can open his recruitment and take a look at Michigan.
Again, it seems very unlikely at this time and a big shot in the dark, but because McDaniels hasn't signed his LOI yet, who knows what could happen?
As I said before, I think the 2020 class will be when we start to see real recruitment results. Fringe-top 50 4-star guard Zeb Jackson is still on board, which means that Howard could work and find the other guys who would work in his system. What his system would be exactly is still being determined, but I have a feeling it won't be the same as Beileins where he takes 3-star / unwanted transfers and develops them into good university players (Duncan Robinson, pre-injury Spike Albrecht, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, etc.)
If Howard seeks to get highly ranked guys to play for him, I can't see how he wouldn't be able to get some of those guys. Howard is a big name, a former university player and a very sympathetic person. Hell, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James gave Howard an endorsement on Twitter before the news was even official.
Like Penny Hardaway doing for his alma mater Memphis, I think Howard could recruit high level and get elite opportunities to buy into the program. It may take some time, but Howard has everything he needs to be a successful recruiter and coach for the University of Michigan.