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36 THE WOLVERINE JUNE/JULY 2021   2021 BASKETBALL RECRUITING ISSUE BY CHRIS BALAS M ost figured it was only a matter of time before Michigan head coach Ju- wan Howard became an outstanding recruiter at his alma ma- ter. His love for the school is as genu- ine as he is, he relates extremely well to teenagers going through the same process he experienced decades ago, and he's simply a likeable guy. Now he's also a championship coach, having won a Big Ten regu- lar-season crown in his second year. That's made his résumé even more impressive, one of the reasons top talent is flocking to play for him. Howard hopes to follow up his No. 1-ranked 2021 class with another monster haul. There are currently three scholarships available. Here are several of the best bets to join the Wolverines in 2022, with comments on most from director of scouting Andrew Slater. JETT HOWARD 6-5 • 180 • SG Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy's No. 65 Junior Nationally Howard and his team- mates fell short in the GEICO Nationals Final Four, losing 70-63 to Sunrise Christian Acad- emy in early April, but Howard's game continues to evolve. A spot-up shooter in his team's offense, How- ard hit two key triples in the third quarter to spur a comeback. Howard wasn't a focus of the IMG offense this year, but ESPN analyst Paul Biancardi called him the "best shooter on the floor." He will likely have the ball in his hands more next season. Juwan Howard's son is enjoying the recruiting process — Florida and others love him — but he'll be a Wol- verine. director of scouting Andrew Slater: "He's become a much better player … he has grown physically, but even much more as a consistent perim- eter shooter and really fits into what Michigan is, A, looking for, and, B, I think he's going to be good for the culture because he relates well to the other players. I think he'll be some- what of a magnet recruit in that he's able to talk to recruits and assure them of what his father is like. "He's a tremendous asset, frankly. Fortunately, he's developed to such a degree that I think he's without ques- tion a really quality wing … maybe not elite yet, but he's getting there." DUG MCDANIEL 5-10 • 155 • PG Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI's No. 67 Junior Na- tionally Howard offered McDaniel last June 18, at which point he seemed to become a likely addition to the class. There's been talk he's looking for a more friendly depth chart where he can play early, but he still likes the Wol- verines. McDaniel said in April he was planning a summer decision, and while the only thing that's come out since have been articles in which he's saying he'll decide "soon," he seems to want to see some schools first. Jaden Bradley of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy is ranked by as the nation's No. 7 junior overall, and he is a prime 2022 recruiting target for the Wolverines. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM EYE ON THE FUTURE Juwan Howard Is In On Several Of The Nation's Top Juniors

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