Jett Howard, the 6’7” 2022 SG/SF and son of Juwan Howard, will be making his college decision on October 13th. Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas are in the Top 7.
I’ll be making my college decision next week, October 13th.— Jett Howard (@JettHoward5) October 5, 2021
While many so-called pundits and Michigan fans are predicting Jett will join Juwan, there are a few signs that Jett Howard is taking the recruiting process very seriously. Jett relayed that his father tells him. “I don’t want you to look back in 30 years and have regrets … feel like I pushed you into doing something you didn’t want to do,” and that he knows “he wants me to be happy.”
Howard and his family recently completed a trip to the Hilltop.
Over the summer, Joe Tipton with On3.com wrote that “[t]he No. 31 overall player in the Class of 2022 On3 100, Jett Howard told On3 he is down to seven schools” and the “6-foot-7 small forward from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy said he cut his list to Michigan, Tennessee, Georgetown, NC State, Vanderbilt, Florida and LSU.”
Tipton noted that “Jett’s older brother, Jace, is already playing for his father and is entering his sophomore year” but “only time will tell where he ultimately ends up.”
Our colleagues at Maize N Brew wrote in August:
Playing with 2021 Michigan commit Moussa Diabate on IMG academy last season, Howard proved he can be a reliable scorer from multiple levels.
This kid is a certified bucket, especially from deep. As Ant Wright showed in a video from Jett’s sophomore season, he can score from deep on balanced shots off the catch, off screens and even when he’s running away from the rim, the hardest three-point shot in basketball.
He’s always had a bit of a swagger to him, but you can see him gain more confidence in games from this season, setting the tone for the rest of his teammates.
He’s excellent in transition, getting to the basket and scoring through acrobatic finishes. He already has great court vision, finding teammates cutting to the rim and throwing great lob passes to help his guys get ferocious finishes.
Ewing visited Florida to see Jett Howard in July. Evidently he was impressed.
Juwan Howard and Ewing have not necessarily appeared close over the years—except geographically when Howard follows Ewing on the recruiting trail like a puppy dog—but the Howard family loves Ewing and some since-deleted comments by Jett’s mother indicate Georgetown is a “serious contender.”
Juwan Howard’s years as a Wizard did not overlap with Ewing’s as an assistant coach in DC, but perhaps a mutual friendship with Michael Jordan and participation in the legendary Space Jam pick-up games brought them together.
Like the Cole Anthony recruitment, maybe Jett Howard isn’t someone for Hoyas fans to get their hopes too high for, but maybe there’s a chance. Also, it will be interesting to see which other recruits Ewing and the staff continue to target in 2022 after the announcement.