With his staff (Saddi Washington, Phil Martelli, and Howard Eisley), now formally announced in place, new Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard is hitting the recruiting trail hard. His first full class in 2020 could have 5-6 openings, and therefore could end up being the most important of his career in Ann Arbor given the expectations for the program he's inheriting. By his second season, a good chunk of the roster will already be his recruits.
Howard is not wasting any time, and it's confirmed he's already offered three highly-regarded prospects in the class (with a fourth seemingly on the way).
Jabri Abdur-Rahim is the son of former NBA all-star Shareef Abdur-Rahim. He's a wing, which is Michigan's biggest position of need, and considered the No.41 prospect in the country according to the 247 composite. He was previously offered by John Beilein.
Howard has also reinforced Michigan's interest in 5-star big man Walker Kessler, who was also a favorite of Beilein's. Kessler is considered the No.15 player in the class of 2020.
Then there's California shooting guard Josh Christopher, ranked the top overall shooting guard in the 2020 class and the No.7 player in the 247 composite.
Top point guard Nimari Burnett is expected to be offered soon. He's the 22nd-ranked player in the country.
Michigan already has guard Zeb Jackson, ranked No.56 overall, firmly committed in the 2020 class.