Michigan’s decision to hire Juwan Howard has attracted some attention.
The former members of the top five have undoubtedly been recognized by the coach after spending six years with the NBA Miami Heat. The question is whether he can recruit. He has never done it before, and the list of former NBA players selected as college coaches is long.
It turns out that Howard can recruit and coach.
Howard was voted by the Associated Press as the Men’s College Basketball Coach of the Year on Thursday, and won 35 of the 63 votes from the National Media Group. Mark Few of Gonzaga finished second with 16 votes, followed by Scott Drew of Baylor and Nate Oats of Alabama. Won five votes.
UCLA coach Mick Cronin said: “Coach Howard did a great job.”
Howard, 48, returned to his alma mater after John Beilein left the NBA in 2019. Before the cancellation of the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, he led Wolverine to 19 victories and took a bigger step this season.
The Wolverines rank second in the top 25 AP rankings and fourth after 19-3 in the regular season. Michigan State lost starting guard Isaiah Rivers to a foot injury in the Big Ten Championship, and lost to Ohio State in the semifinals, but still has enough resume to win the NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed. .
The Wolverines entered the Elite Eight, but only fell behind the second final four in the past three NCAA tournaments, losing to UCLA 51-49.
Michigan State Senior Guard Eli Brooks said: “He is a guy with a distinct personality, who treats everyone like a family member, so when many people doubt him, he can see such a success- He put his name there.” “It’s fun to play for Zhu Wan. He is a good person, so I am happy for him.”
He also proved to be a skilled recruiter.
According to the comprehensive data of “247 Sports” magazine, Howard’s first-class car ranks among the top 10 and 14th in the United States. His 2021 class ranked first.
Howard said: “In terms of coach Bellin’s achievements, he has done a great job and has built a successful culture.” “The players he recruited are noble, excellent students and come from great families. I recruited. And join the players of this culture and my staff. So far, we have established beautiful players in the early stages.”