Michigan Wolverines news: Jace Howard return 'expected', plus more

Jace Howard is expected to return to Michigan basketball, plus a highly-sought transfer portal DT includes Michigan football in his top six.
Michigan guard Jace Howard (25) grabs a rebound against Penn State during the second half of the
Michigan guard Jace Howard (25) grabs a rebound against Penn State during the second half of the / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

One of the looming questions about the Michigan basketball roster was answered on Tuesday. Head coach Dusty May met with the media. However, it was assistant coach Kyle Church who provided a key update to Alejandro Zuniga of The Michigan Insider saying that Jace Howard's return is the "expectation" for next season.

Church who is the general manager for the Michigan basketball program, talked about how Michigan basketball wanted more length. Jace Howard is 6-foot-8. Will Tschetter was also a name that he brought up.

Howard would have one season left. It will be his fifth season with the Michigan Wolverines but has one season left due to COVID. He's played 65 games over the past four seasons but was at the introductory press conference for Dusty May, which was a hint he would stay.

It's not official at least in the sense that Howard hasn't confirmed it, but May also said the Michigan basketball program had one scholarship spot, which also confirms Howard will be back.

As far as his role, Howard is a solid defensive presence. He's never been an offensive weapon, but he can be a glue guy, a good teammate, and another option off the bench when needed. Overall, I don't have an issue with it. There's only so many minutes to go around.

Michigan Wolverines make the top 6 for transfer portal DT

Jay'viar Suggs, one of the top players available in the transfer portal included Michigan football in his top six on Tuesday night following a visit to the Michigan Wolverines.

Suggs is 6-foot-3, 282 pounds. He's from Clarkson, Michigan, but played for D-2 Grand Valley State and finished last season with 7.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. Florida State, Arkansas, Kentucky, USC, and Wisconsin are the other finalists.


Michigan football already has Kenneth Grant and Mason Graham, plus Rayshaun Benny. But quality depth is always important on the defensive line and Suggs would provide that. He's got two years left to play so he could also have a bigger role in 2025. There is no indication of when a decision might come.