What a Jett; Howard helping NBA Draft case
ALTHOUGH he might not be posting the biggest numbers of any prospect, Michigan prospect Jett Howard has plenty of potential to entice a number of teams ahead of the 2023 NBA Draft.
With a number of players fighting for a Top 10 spot in the upcoming draft, it could be Howard’s raw potential that boosts him ahead of his peers, offering a tremendous amount of versatility.
The guard has a skillset that appears extremely easy to transfer to the NBA, making him an immediate-impact prospect which may increase his chances of a selection in the top-10 for a side that is looking to contend in the next few years.
TEAM: Michigan Wolverines
HEIGHT: 6ft 8in
Son of former NBA talent Juwan (who enjoyed a 19-year career in the world’s biggest league), Howard seemed destined to tread down the basketball path. He spent time at NSU University School in his first two years at high school level, before transferring to IMG Academy, where he began to test himself against the best in the country.
In matches against some of the highest-profile prospects in the nation, Howard affirmed himself as one to watch, showcasing his shooting ability in big games. When the time came to commit to a college after building his game at a gradual pace, the prospect signed with the Wolverines, where his father was coaching and his brother Jace was already playing.
Since joining Michigan, Howard has only furthered his chances of a high selection at the draft, emerging as a seriously talented scorer. He dropped 21 points in his debut for the side, and has shone under his father’s coaching. Recently, he produced 34 points against Iowa (including the first 11 for the Wolverines and nailing his first five shots from three), which was his far and away his best performance of the season.
Howard can play at either the two or the three, and his ability to lineup at the shooting guard position makes him even more attractive as a prospect. As a shooter, he has a smooth-moving motion and his makes are always pure. It is his biggest strength, and he should benefit even further being around some of the world’s best shooters in the NBA.
Combining his size with his shooting ability is enough to make Howard a genuine prospect alone, but he is also athletic enough to hold his own defensively, hosting traits that allow him to stay in front of his opponent when guarding.
This season has seen the youngster challenge himself and take tougher shots, which is what he should expect in the NBA. His performance against Iowa suggested there is the template of a microwave scorer inside the young gun, so there is some untapped offensive potential for teams to explore too.
With star potential and the ability to slot straight into a rotation, Howard seems a genuine chance to hear his name read in the top 10 on draft night, and those chances will only be stronger if he continues his form with the Wolverines.