NBA: New York Knicks at Miami Heat

Mar 31, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat assistance coach Juwan Howard points and laughs prior to a game against the New York Knicks at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Juwan Howard has accepted a five-year deal to return to Michigan, his alma mater, and become head basketball coach, according to Jeff Goodman of Stadium.

Howard, a Miami Heat assistant coach, became the frontrunner for the Michigan job after Providence's Ed Cooley withdrew from consideration Tuesday and signed a multiyear contract extension to stay with the Friars.

Howard, 46, has been an assistant coach with the Miami Heat since September 2013, when he retired after playing more than 1,200 games with eight NBA franchises from 1994-2013. He reportedly interviewed this offseason for the head coaching vacancies with the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Howard, a member of the famed "Fab Five" 1991 recruiting class at Michigan, was the No. 5 pick in the 1994 NBA Draft. He was an All-Star with Washington in 1995-96 and won an NBA championship with the Heat in 2011-12.

He averaged 13.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in 19 NBA seasons.

Former Wolverines teammate Jalen Rose said last week that hiring Howard was a "no brainer" for Michigan.

"Now that there's a vacant job in Ann Arbor, let's do a blank canvas as to who should be the No. 1 candidate. To me, that should be a no brainer," Rose said Friday on ESPN's "Get Up" morning show. "There's a guy named Juwan Howard that's from Chicago, which means he's going to help recruit that market. ...

"For those who don't know, he was always the adult in the room among us."

Howard replaces John Beilein, who left on May 13 to become head coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

--Field Level Media

Stay Informed