Michigan basketball is looking for a new head coach. Former Wolverine star Jalen Rose has no doubts about who they should hire.
Rose is advocating for his former Fab Five member Juwan Howard to take over the reins. Howard has been a Miami Heat assistant since 2013 following a lengthy NBA playing career.
Rose laid out his reasons for choosing Howard on the air today during Jalen & Jacoby. He called the hypothetical hire of Howard a “lay up.”
“He was a terrific high school player, McDonald’s All-American. He was a terrific performer at Michigan, a member of the Fab Five,” Rose said. “He was an All-Star in the NBA. He was a champion. He’s not only learned under some of the best to do it–Erik Spoelstra, Pat Riley–he also has the blessing of John Beilein, who he spent a lot of time with. Steve Fisher, who he spent a lot of time with.”
— Jalen & Jacoby (@JalenandJacoby) May 16, 2019
Howard’s resume is undoubtedly impressive, and he’s been mentioned as an up-and-coming coach in the NBA. However, there is one major roadblock to his potential candidacy at his alma mater.
We’ve seen college programs hire former star players with limited or no college coaching experience before. It usually doesn’t work out well.
Would Howard be able to buck that trend?