Michigan basketball’s 2020 recruiting class just got one bigger. Jace Howard, a three-star forward from the University School in Miami, Fla., announced his commitment to the Wolverines on Monday evening.
Howard was deciding between Michigan, Princeton and Brown.
I’〽️ CO〽️ING HO〽️E. #CommittedToTheVictors @TiptonEdits pic.twitter.com/imqScSmJmg— Jace Howard (@jaceh0ward) January 21, 2020
Howard (you should either have already known this or guessed it just now) is the son of Michigan head coach Juwan Howard. He was already being recruited by the Wolverines under John Beilein, per CBS Sports, but ever since his father offered him a scholarship in August, he’s seemed a lock to wear maize and blue.
While he doesn’t have the pedigree of Michigan’s other commits — five-star Isaiah Todd and four-stars Zeb Jackson, Hunter Dickinson and Terrance Williams — Howard, ranked 183rd in 247’s composite rankings, is a plenty interesting prospect in his own right. This season, he’s averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists while shooting 60 percent from the field.
Per MLive’s Andrew Kahn, Howard was primarily a post player earlier in his career but has moved out to the wing more this season. At 6’7 and 200 pounds, he projects as a small forward at the college level.
Howard joins five-star foward Isaiah Todd, four-star center Hunter Dickinson, four-star forward Terrance Williams and four-star guard Zeb Jackson in the Wolverines’ class of 2020 (Jackson is the only one who has signed a letter of intent thus far).
Michigan’s class, which ranks fourth nationally and first in the Big Ten, could grow still: the Wolverines are still pursuing five-star guard Joshua Christopher, and recently extended an offer to five-star forward Greg Brown.
Michigan is currently one scholarship over the limit for next season. We’ve got this charted, so be sure to head over to our scholarship board to see where things stand. This can also be accessed via our homepage via the recruiting tab, so be sure to bookmark it.
There’s not much video out there on Howard, but here’s 69 seconds of it, from last year’s City of Palms Classic: