After John Beilein surprisingly bolted for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Michigan dug back into the Fab Five pool to find his replacement, settling on Miami Heat assistant coach and Michigan alum Juwan Howard as their next head coach.
While Howard's hire will be excellent for installing a culture of toughness and hard work, this hire could have been made with recruiting classes several years in the future in mind. Could the Howard hire help bring Zaire Wade and Bronny James to Ann Arbor considering Howard's relationship with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?
LeBron is an Ohio State fan, so Howard would really need to sell him on Michigan for Bronny. Then again, Bronny is in the class of 2023, so he has some time.
Zaire, however, could end up in Ann Arbor. A 6-2 guard with great handles and a smooth shot, Wade already has an offer from Big 10 school Nebraska. Landing him would be massive for the program, as it would prove that stars can still come to Michigan without Beilein.
The drop off from Beilein to his successor doesn't look nearly as cavernous after hitting a home run by bringing Howard back to Ann Arbor.