ANN ARBOR – For those who experienced the 1991 University of Michigan men’s basketball team firsthand, you already know many consider the infamous Fab Five to be among the greatest recruiting classes ever.
Jimmy King, Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Ray Jackson, along with Juwan Howard, never won a single NCAA championship with Michigan despite their talent. Most members went on to have stellar NBA careers, while Howard went on to become the Miami Heat assistant coach from 2013 to 2019.
With a fan base thirsty for the program’s second National Championship, it makes sense that Howard, 46, gets a crack at coaching the very school that he could not win a title with.
With Juwan Howard replacing John Beilein at the helm, will another Fab Five form? Skeptics of the hiring believe his lack of coaching experience could set back progress made by Beilein.
Howard will jump into a program that has 1 NCAA National Championship, 8 Final Four Appearances (two which were vacated), 13 Elite Eights, 15 Sweet Sixteens
The Chicago, Illinois native brings a resume to the Wolverines that includes six-and-a-half seasons (1994–2001) with the Washington Bullets/Wizards, three full seasons (2004–07) with the Houston Rockets, more than two seasons with the Heat and several short stints with other franchises.
U-M is substituting an experienced head coach who was never an assistant coach with someone who has never been a head coach but was an assistant. Although Howard is highly esteemed among NBA owners given his 25 years of player and coaching service, a tough test awaits the former #3.
All eyes will be on Juwan Howard as he hopes to bring some of his Fab Five glory to Ann Arbor. He has already received the approval of King James according to a late Tuesday tweet.