The University of Michigan will be bringing former college basketball star Juwan Howard back to campus to be their head basketball coach. It had been rumored all week, but CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein was the first to confirm it.
According to Stadium, the deal will be for five years.
Howard was part of the Fab Five recruiting class who started their careers in the 1991-1992 season. They lost to Duke in the Final Four that season. The year after they lost to UNC in the National Championship Game. Following that season, teammate Chris Weber decided to go pro, while the rest of the Fab Five stayed in college. They made the Elite Eight in Howard’s junior season. Afterwards, he declared for the NBA Draft. He averaged 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in his college career.
The Michigan man was drafted fifth overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets. Howard played 19 NBA seasons, averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for his career. He won a championship in 2012 with the Miami Heat.
Howard decided to become a coach and got his start with the Miami Heat after his playing days were over. He has been an assistant with the Heat since the 2013-2014 season.
At Michigan, Howard will replace John Beilein who accepted the head coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Beilein led Michigan to two National Championship Games in his tenure.
This will be Howard’s first head coaching job. He’ll have a little bit of rebuilding to do, as Michigan loses Jordan Poole, Iggy Brazdeikis and Charles Matthews from last season.