Last weekend, four-star small forward Jett Howard announced his top 7 schools, with Michigan included along with LSU, Vanderbilt, NC State, Georgetown, Tennessee and Florida.
Ranked 39th in the 2022 class, Howard is officially visiting Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 11. Given that his father Juwan is the coach and his brother Jace is on the team, it’s safe to say the Wolverines are a heavy favorite to land the small forward who is pushing five-star status.
Playing with 2021 Michigan commit Moussa Diabate on IMG academy last season, Howard proved he can be a reliable scorer from multiple levels.
This kid is a certified bucket, especially from deep. As Ant Wright showed in a video from Jett’s sophomore season, he can score from deep on balanced shots off the catch, off screens and even when he’s running away from the rim, the hardest three-point shot in basketball.
He’s always had a bit of a swagger to him, but you can see him gain more confidence in games from this season, setting the tone for the rest of his teammates.
He’s excellent in transition, getting to the basket and scoring through acrobatic finishes. He already has great court vision, finding teammates cutting to the rim and throwing great lob passes to help his guys get ferocious finishes.
His jump shot is one of the smoothest in his class, as his high release point and quick motion getting into it should translate at the collegiate level.
He has clearly studied James Harden and Trae Young's film, as Howard can make defenders miss easily on crossovers and teach defenders who reach with his step-back jumper.
Howard can finish through contact and has steadily improved as a leaper on dunks. He has the athleticism and basketball savvy to be a good defender as well, using his quick feet and size to not let opponents get by him.
The four-star small forward should fit in well with the rest of Michigan’s 2022 class.
He can be the reliable scorer in that group, with Dug McDaniel playing the role of a traditional, defensive-minded point guard and Tarris Reed Jr. being a rim running big who can work with Howard in the pick-and-roll and hit a mid-range shot when open.
Jett Howard can score at will and has the confidence to be a lead scorer in the Michigan offense. Michigan fans should be excited to see him in the Maize and Blue when he likely joins his Dad and brother in 2022.