Michigan is expected to hire Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard as the school’s next head men’s basketball coach with a press conference set for later this week or early next week, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
Sources: Michigan is expected to hire Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard as its next head basketball coach. Press Conference will be either late this week or early next week.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 22, 2019
Jeff Goodman of Stadium reports that the deal is for five seasons. No other terms are currently available.
The news was first reported by Miami Heat Beat on Tuesday, which is part of the Five Reasons Sports Network, and was confirmed by Chris Balas of TheWolverine.com thereafter.
Howard was reportedly told that he can be the “basketball version of Jim Harbaugh.”
Howard has been with the Heat as an assistant since the 2013 season, where he started his coaching career after spending 19 years in the NBA as a player with eight different teams, including the last three with Miami, where he won two NBA titles.
He played at Michigan from 1991-1994 as a member of the famed Fab Five and was an All-American in the 1993-94 season with the Wolverines. He was then drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets.
Howard was endorsed by both Jalen Rose and Chris Webber for the job, as well as by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Man WHAT!!!!?? Absolutely the right choice and i hope it becomes a done deal ASAP!! One of my favorite people I’ve ever met at the age of 16 and been around since then. https://t.co/hdmF60odnm— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 22, 2019
Talk to me nice. Say it is so!!!? My guy deserves this opportunity. This will only be right https://t.co/TWWH4UuiTZ— DWade (@DwyaneWade) May 22, 2019
Contract details and whether or not Howard will retain any of Michigan’s assistant coaches are not yet known.