ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jett Howard, a freshman guard at the University of Michigan, announced on Thursday that he will enter the NBA draft this year. If you are somehow not aware of the young man you’ve missed a heck of a season.
Howard, who is ranked No. 16 on ESPN’s NBA draft board, told ESPN that he had learned a lot during his time at Michigan, which he called a “great learning year.”
“It taught me how to play within a pro-style offense and be effective, to get out of my comfort zone, and play with other good players,” he said.
Howard suffered ankle injuries in both feet during the Big Ten tournament, which were not publicly known until after the season. He is currently rehabbing and is expected to be fully recovered in time to conduct workouts with NBA teams picking in the lottery.
Despite his injuries, Howard had an outstanding season, finishing as Michigan’s second-leading scorer at 14.2 points per game, earning All-Big Ten third-team honors, and being named to the conference’s all-freshman team.
At 6-foot-8, Howard is a versatile guard with a dynamic shot-making ability and the skill to create offense for himself and others out of dribble handoffs or pick-and-roll. His father, Juwan Howard, is the coach of the Wolverines.
The NBA draft combine is scheduled to be held from May 15-21 in Chicago, with the draft taking place on June 22 in Brooklyn, New York.