The Michigan Wolverines officially have their new head basketball coach — U-M basketball alum Juwan Howard.
The Fab Five member will look to get things back on track after former head coach John Beilein announced he would be leaving the university to become the coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
One of the first orders of business for Howard as the new head coach is to get the ball rolling on recruiting. After 4-star forward Jalen Wilson requested a release from his letter of intent after the Beilein news — and is now reportedly eyeing Kansas and North Carolina — the Wolverines were left with one player in their 2019 class.
That player is 4-star foward Cole Bajema. A solid prospect, 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 those three starters from a season ago.
Howard absolutely has to hit the recruiting game hard right out of the gate, and I think it is quite possible for him to do that. However, I don’t think the results will come until the 2020 class.
Let’s be real — the class of 2019 for Michigan will likely not be strong, given how late into the cycle is it. With just one commit and a 50/50 shot with another — Franz Wagner — options are low. It is unfortunate it happened so late in the cycle, but it’s what the Wolverines will have to deal with it.
Before I state my next point, let me just say this is a HUGE shot in the dark and will likely not happen…
With that said…2019 5-star forward Jaden McDaniels is Howard’s cousin. Even though he committed to the University of Washington Tuesday night, his decision is not in ink just yet. If Howard is able to get on the phone with him and convince him to play for his cousin, MAYBE he opens his recruitment up and takes a look at Michigan.