While Michigan has always been seen as the frontrunner in Howard’s recruiting, the top 50 have also visited the state of North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgetown.
“It was really tough. More difficult than most people think,” Howard told ESPN. “I did tours and really liked the venues and the coaches. A few days ago I was not sure. My mom and aunt played a big role when they came to the tours. They helped put things in perspective. “
Howard said his mother, Jenine, and his aunt hadn’t tried to convince him to play in Michigan.
“Do what’s best for you,” he said of their advice. “They never bent one way or the other. They were so impressed with the other coaches and programs. I was too.”
Juwan Howard wanted his son to go through the recruiting process like any other high-rated prospect.
“My mom used to tell me that my dad told him the same things he told me. He told me how much he believed in me as a player. That he would put me in the best position to be successful,” he said. said Jett Howard. “What my dad said that really caught my eye was, ‘We need you from day one. I know your game better than anyone. If you weren’t my son, when I would recruit you. same.’ And, of course, I trusted him the most. He developed me my whole life. Opportunities like this don’t come often. “
Howard finally made his college decision on a drive with his mom recently.
“We had a lot of little conversations here and there. But we didn’t have family gatherings. My mom was driving me to the airport, and I just walked out and I said, I’m going to Michigan and I’m going to play for your husband, “he said. “Then I called my dad and said to him. He started screaming ‘Let’s do it! I would have supported you anywhere. Thank you for believing in our staff, and we need you.’ It sounds like a trainer, but I knew it was my dad. “
A 6-foot-7 forward who plays at IMG Academy (Florida), Howard is ranked No. 41 in the ESPN 100 for 2022. In 12 games with the Nightrydas Elite on the Nike EYBL program in July, Howard has in averaged 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
Howard has a deep shooting range with excellent shooting mechanics, preparation, and balance. He grew a few inches taller making it easier for him to see the edge and harder for defenders to disturb his shot. His jumper sets up his training game, and his recoil jumper is one of his most effective shots. He plays with a scoring confidence that translates into his production. Howard’s playing skills are sometimes overlooked due to his skill as a marksman. It displays the vision of seeing the whole field when looking for teammates.
He needs to continue to shape his frame and become a better ball handler, especially against pressure and when driving on the left.