Michigan Basketball: Breaking down commitment of 4-star Jett Howard

Michigan basketball added its third commitment in the past month or so and this was the biggest as the Wolverines landed four-star Jett Howard.

It always felt like a forgone conclusion that Jett Howard was going to play for his father and Michigan basketball. But on Wednesday, Howard made it official as the four-star wing announced his commitment to the Wolverines.

Howard isn’t a five-star recruit, yet, but he’s one of the top-ranked commitments of the Howard era still and is No. 37 overall in the 2022 composite rankings from 247 sports, and is the highest-ranked player in Michigan basketball’s 2022 class.

Howard is listed at 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, and is an ideal fit on the wing. He’s also a stellar perimeter shooter and is a possible one-and-done candidate.

Here’s the scouting report on Howard from On3.com:

“Jett Howard impressed with his overall competitiveness when I watched him on the AAU circuit this spring. He competes on both ends. He’s a physical player. He can play through some contact on the offensive end, as well as defensively he competes to get his opponent off a spot. Shot the ball well from three. Made tough shots. Wasn’t scared to take tough shots. I think he’s a guy whose game will continue to expand off the bounce. He has the ability to really stretch the floor, help with spacing because he does shoot the ball so well. He has the physicality, the frame, and the ability to shoot the ball which will translate really, really well to high major basketball.”

Howard is ranked in the top 50 by all the major sites: ESPN, 247 sports, Rivals, and On3. And his game has continued to improve over the years, even developing more as a playmaker.

Examining Howard’s fit with Michigan basketball

The Wolverines should have one of the best young 3’s in the country in Caleb Houstan who is being projected as a lottery pick already in the 2022 NBA draft.

If Houstan moves on as expected, Howard could step right into that role. The Wolverines will need to replace Houstan’s shooting and Howard will be the perfect replacement.

He’s also a guy who can be the dominant scorer and while he spent the time visiting other schools, there was really no doubt that Juwan was going to land his son.

Jett is the second top-40 commitment of the 2022 class for the Wolverines along with Tarris Reed. Howard also joins point guard Dug McDaniel and Gregg Glenn. That’s four recruits who are consensus four-star recruits and prior to Jett’s commitment, U-M was ranked 9th according to the 247 sports composite rankings and will be moving up.

Juwan has done an impressive job as the Michigan basketball coach and this season, the Wolverines are poised to compete for a second consecutive Big Ten championship and with the way he’s recruiting, they will be contenders for years to come.