According to reports, Juwan Howard is set to take over as the next head men’s basketball coach at Michigan. Howard has spent the last several seasons as an assistant with the Miami Heat.
Prior to joining the staff with the Heat in 2013, Howard played for them alongside LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Both LeBron and Wade publicly endorsed Howard’s candidacy at Michigan.
At least one college basketball writer thinks Howard’s relationship with those two legends will come in handy in recruiting. NBC Washington’s Troy Machir theorized that Howard could help the Wolverines land LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. and Zaire Wade.
The younger Wade is a 2020 recruit while Bronny is in the class of 2023.
A huge selling point for Michigan on Juwan Howard, among the many: His relationship with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Wolverines will be in early on Bronny James and Zaire Wade.
— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) May 22, 2019
Machir’s point is an intriguing one, but there are a couple of catches. First, Zaire Wade isn’t regarded as a big-time prospect right now, only holding offers from DePaul and Nebraska. That could change, but it’s also possible he isn’t a Michigan-level player.
Secondly, while Bronny James is considered a top-15 player in his class, he’s a long way from graduating high school. By the time 2023 rolls around, the one-and-done rule might out of effect, and if Bronny is as good as some project, he could opt to turn pro after high school so he could play in the NBA while his dad is still in the league.
Still, Howard having the connection that he does with LeBron and D-Wade can only help Michigan’s recruiting efforts, even if he ultimately doesn’t land one of their sons.