Juwan Howard led Michigan to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year. And within two years he did it with his son.
Jace Howard, the eldest son of Juwan Howard, followed in his father’s footsteps by taking his basketball skills to Michigan after a stellar high school career and in doing so was coached by his father for two years.
The teams that Juwan Howard was famous for being a part of – the Fab Five – were known to be the first group of rookies to reach the NCAA Tournament Championship. Although Jace Howard has yet to get there, he was part of a historic run in which the Wolverines reached the Sweet 16 in five straight tournaments. Michigan is one of five schools to do so since 1985, when the field expanded to 64 teams, according to MLive.
Now, the Howards will try to help bring Michigan to the Elite Eight for the second straight year when the Wolverines face No. 2 seed Villanova in the South on Thursday.
As the Wolverines prepare for their game against the Wildcats, The Sporting News has you covered with everything you need to know about Michigan coach’s son Jace Howard.
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Who is Jace Howard?
Jace Howard is a 6-7 sophomore goaltender for the Wolverines. He came to Michigan after spending his last two years of high school at NSU University School in Boca Raton, Florida. The team was coached by Ron Oliver, who was a goaltender at Michigan from 1995 to 1999.
During his freshman year in college, Howard helped the team win a state championship, averaging 5.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. The following year, he recorded a career-high 10.8 points per game and averaged 6.3 rebounds. The Sharks didn’t get a chance to repeat as state champions; the state playoffs were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Howard was a three-star rookie and the 390th-ranked national prospect in the 2020 class. He was re-ranked as the nation’s No. 75 small forward and Florida’s 31st top rookie. According to the recruiting site, he chose the Wolverines over Dayton, Northern Illinois, Saint Louis and San Diego State.
Since arriving at Michigan, Howard has largely been a bench player, appearing in 11 games during the 2020-21 season and 14 games during the 2021-22 campaign.
Jace Howard’s Stats
For his career, Jace Howard is averaging 1.1 points, 0.4 rebounds and 0.1 assists per game. He recorded 99 minutes.
An overview of his career stats, with per-game averages in parentheses.
|2020-21||11||34 (3.1)||12 (1.1)||4 (0.4)||0 (0.0)||42.9|
|2021-22||14||65 (4.6)||16 (1.1)||7 (0.5)||2 (0.2)||42.9|
|Career||25||99 (4.0)||28 (1.1)||11 (0.4)||3 (0.1)||42.9|
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Jace Howard’s brother
Jace Howard isn’t the only Howard to come through the basketball pipeline. His brother, Jett Howard, is ranked No. 37 by 247Sports’ composite rankings in the 2022 class and is considered a four-star recruit.
Jett Howard is a small forward at IMG Academy in Bradenton and is ranked No. 10 among Florida prospects. He has pledged to join his brother and father at Michigan for the 2022-23 season.
ESPN reported that Juwan Howard still wanted his son to go through the recruiting process, which included visits to NC State, Tennessee and Georgetown.
“My mum used to tell me that my dad told her the same things he told me. He told me how much he believed in me as a player. That he would put me in the best position to succeed,” said Jett Howard, according to ESPN. “What my dad said that really caught my attention was, ‘We need you from day one. I know your game better than anyone. If you weren’t my son, I’d recruit you when same.’ And, of course, I trusted him the most. He’s developed me all my life. Opportunities like this don’t come around often.
247Sports ranks him as Michigan’s second-best rookie in the Class of 2022 behind Link Academy center Tarris Reed. This class currently ranks second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally.