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Jace Howard will walk-on at Michigan, opening a scholarship spot

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Michigan just opened up a scholarship spot and is one under the limit for 2020-21.

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The Michigan Wolverines were facing a bit of a roster crunch coming into the week, but another hurdle has been cleared in the effort to make the 2020-21 roster fit under the 13-man scholarship limit. Three-star forward Jace Howard, son of head coach Juwan Howard, will be walking on to the program, according to a report from Joshua Henschke of The Michigan Insider.

Howard, who committed to Michigan earlier this year, had originally been thought to be on the roster as a scholarship player, but the decision to have him as a walk-on means that there is currently one spot open on the roster to add another piece, whether it be a transfer or five-star recruit Joshua Christopher. For more space to be had, another transfer out of the program or NBA Draft decision (and staying in the draft) would have to occur. It is also possible that a decommitment from a member of the 2020 recruiting class could also take place.

As a result, Howard will not need to sign with Michigan when the spring period opens on April 15. Other commits in the cycle currently are five-star forward Isaiah Todd, four-star center Hunter Dickinson, four-star forward Terrance Williams and four-star guard Zeb Jackson. Christopher is expected to make his decision soon, potentially as early as April 15 as teased earlier this week.

This story is developing.