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Daily Brews: Experts weigh in on Juwan Howard’s first season at the helm

Howard surprised many this season

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Juwan Howard had a quick ending to his first season in Ann Arbor as the Michigan Wolverines were taken off the court just moments before the beginning of the Big Ten Tournament.

With the season over, it is time to being looking at the 2019-20 as a season in review, and several have begun to praise him for the work he did with the Wolverines this season.

In an article at the Detroit News, writer James Hawkins compiled comments from major analysts across the country.

Fox Sports Detroit’s Tim McCormick: “I was impressed with the way he was able to process information, how to communicate, how to build a staff, how to motivate, how to make in-game adjustments. I was overwhelmed with how solid he was in every area., I don’t think that there’s much that I would say he made a mistake here or he did that wrong there. He is so far advanced from what I anticipated.”

ESPN’s Seth Greenberg: “I just think the guy is really special. I think he’s got a great presence about him. I think he’s demanding, but he does it in his own way with his own personality. I think he very much understands trying to figure out ways to put players in position to play to their strengths.”

ESPN’s Jay Bilas: “I thought (Howard) acquitted himself extraordinary well. Obviously the injuries were very difficult to deal with, but his team performed at a high level when they were all together and they kept it together when they had their best players out. He struck the right tone and did the right things the whole year. There wasn’t a time where I wasn’t impressed.”

BTN’s Stephen Bardo: “The Big Ten Conference wears you down. It can be unforgiving. When you drop six of seven or you drop five of six and you’re not used to losing like that, that can be difficult…And you’re going to get schooled. I don’t care what coach you are. Coming into the Big Ten, these coaches are tacticians and they make adjustments very well in games, so you’re going to get a Ph.D. your first year coaching in this conference. Under those circumstances, with Isaiah Livers being injured in the teeth of the season, I thought (Howard) handled it well.”

Howard chooses his favorite moment in the season

After starting 7-0, the Michigan Wolverines finished their season going 12-12 and finished 9th in a wild Big Ten Conference.

Not surprisingly, Howard chose a moment in that 7-0 start as his favorite of the season in an interview with 247sports:

The victory of the tournament in the Bahamas certainly was a highlight for many this season. Hopefully there are plenty more memorable moment in the Howard era.

Class of 2021 5-star PF Efton Reid getting Michigan’ attention

The Michigan basketball program continues their pursuit of some of the top players in the country into the 2021 season as they have recently caught the attention of 5-star power forward Efton Reid according to Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers:

Reid has offers from Louisville, Virginia, Maryland, Drake, and others. The 7-footer is a top-20 player in the country from Richmond, Maryland.

Rewatch Michigan’s Final Four game vs Syracuse tonight on BTN

The 2012-13 Michigan basketball season went on an incredible tournament run that ended in the National Championship game. You will be able to relive the Final Four matchup with Syracuse at 8 PM tonight.

To add to the entertainment, former head coach John Beilein will be live-tweeting throughout the game:

National Brews:

  • The Detroit Lions inked former Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison to a 1-year deal worth just over a million dollars
  • Phil Mickelson teased on Twitter that he and Tiger Woods are working on a mic’d up round of golf.