michigan basketball signs Jett Howard and Tarris Reed Jr. both started at the Iverson Classic All-America Game in Memphis on Saturday afternoon.
Playing on competing teams, Howard dominated the second half and earned MVP honors as his 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting led Team Honor to a 120-110 victory over Team Loyalty.
“It was just fun. I tried to have the most fun with it, listen to my coaches and play hard. That’s it,” Howard said.
“I can’t wait to get to work and built some camaraderie with my teammates. … I can’t wait to get to Ann Arbor and win.”
Howard, a four-star prospect from IMG Academy, was impressive throughout the multi-day event and won the 3-point contest on Friday. During the All-America Game broadcast, JR Smith called him “the most pro-ready guy” from a roster loaded with future college stars.
JR Smith continued his praise after Howard knocked down a tough floater early in the second half, citing his shooting, floater, touch and effort among the skills that will translate.
“He’s a really, really good player,” he said, later adding that Howard impressed him the most out of any of the players in Saturday’s game.
Howard’s dunk in transition opened the scoring in the game, and he threw down an emphatic one-handed slam in the third quarter. He also flashed his skills as a passer and as a ballhandler — particularly in the second half. After sinking yet another floater in the fourth quarter, Allen Iverson chimed in with praise.
“He has everything that it takes to be a superstar at every single level,” AI said.
As 247Sports’ evaluation describes, Howard can “help out at the point guard position in a pinch,” and he showcased that on Saturday as he found his rhythm in the third and fourth quarters in backcourt roles. He knocked down the dagger out of an isolation possession with 16.4 seconds remaining and hit a circus shot at the buzzer for good measure.
Jett Howard buries the dagger in the Iverson Classic. The Michigan signee dominated the second half against future college stars and earned rave reviews from Allen Iverson and JR Smith: pic.twitter.com/t0Pe5TebEo
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michigan coach juwan howard was in attendance in Memphis to watch his son, and he spoke to CBS Sports about his appreciation toward Iverson for showcasing top-level talent.
“I’m also proud of my son for being able to be a part of it,” Juwan said of Jett. “It’s great to see his growth as far as all the work he’s been putting in since the time when he started playing the game of basketball. Now it’s all coming to fruition and it’s moving fast. I get the opportunity to coach him in college, so it’s a dream come true for both of us.”
juwan howard said he has received advice from Iowa coach Frank McCaffery on coaching his sons — Jett and Jace — in college.
“Always keep home, home. Keep whatever happens on the court in the gym. Remember you’re still their father — you want to love them and watch them grow. But the most important thing: It’s a lot of pressure on them, but make sure they enjoy their college experience,” Juwan said.
Terris Reed, also a four-star, started at center — a position that was underutilized in an up-and-down, fast-paced All-Star Game. He had a nice block in the first quarter on a layup attempt from Houston-bound Terrance Arceneaux and also had a great pass out of a double-team to create an open 3-point look.
But he also badly missed on a pair of 3-point attempts and didn’t make the most of his limited pick-and-roll and paint opportunities. Reed was solid on the boards and showed off smooth post moves, though Saturday’s game wasn’t showing his best offensive.
Howard and Reed comprise half of Michigan’s top-10 class that will arrive in Ann Arbor before the 2022-23 season. The Wolverines are also adding Jaelin Llewellyna transfer guard from Princeton.