Today, it was announced that Nimari Burnett, a former five-star guard from Alabama and new Michigan basketball transfer addition, will be immediately eligible in Ann Arbor for the upcoming season. This is excellent news for Juwan Howard and his Wolverines as they aim to rebound after a disappointing campaign in 2022-23.
Good news with new Michigan basketball transfer addition
According to recent reports by CBS Sports’ basketball reporter Jon Rothstein, Nimari Burnett, who was a notable addition to the Wolverines in March, will be able to play for Michigan right away. These reports also confirm that he will be a graduate transfer, further emphasizing his immediate impact in Ann Arbor next winter.
Nimari Burnett will graduate from Alabama on August 5th, thus allowing him to be immediately eligible for Michigan next season as a grad transfer, per his father.
Averaged 5.6 PPG last season at Alabama.
One of the top on-ball defenders in college basketball.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 20, 2023
During his most recent season with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Nimari Burnett averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. While these numbers may not be overly impressive, it is important to note that he is a talented guard who is expected to make a positive contribution to Michigan basketball in the upcoming year. ESPN has recognized him as a five-star recruit out of high school, indicating his evident talent.
Throughout the offseason, Juwan Howard has encountered some obstacles with his transfer portal class, including the de-commitment of his top transfer commit, Caleb Love. However, the news of Burnett’s immediate eligibility is a significant boost for the Wolverines, as it helps tie up one more loose end heading into the 2023-24 season.
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BREAKING: Juwan Howard has surgery, Martelli to assume interim coach role
BREAKING: Michigan basketball head coach Juwan Howard has successful surgery. Phil Martelli to take over as interim head coach.
Today, news broke that Michigan basketball head coach Juwan Howard, who is entering his fourth season at the helm in Ann Arbor, had open heart surgery over the offseason. With Howard recovering, long-time assistant Phil Martelli is slated to be the Wolverines’ interim head coach to open the 2023-24 season, which is fast approaching.
Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard has heart surgery, Phil Martelli to serve as interim coach
The 2023-24 Michigan basketball season will look a little different later this year, as Phil Martelli will be stepping in as interim head coach. Today, it was confirmed that Juwan Howard — the team’s full-time head coach — is recovering from heart surgery right now.
“I feel so grateful and blessed that this surgery was performed at University of Michigan Health,” said Howard in a statement. “My wife, Jenine, and our family appreciate the world-class care that has been provided to us. Dr. (Kim) Eagle, Dr. (Himanshu) Patel, Dr. (Stanley) Chetcuti, and all of the staff at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center are so talented and performed like champions throughout this process. I am going to work very hard in my rehabilitation to be stronger than ever by the time our upcoming season is upon us.”
Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel added the following:
“We are extremely grateful Juwan’s proactive procedure was a success and that he is resting comfortably,” said Warde Manuel. “We will continue to support Juwan, Jenine and his family as well as the program throughout his absence. All of us at the athletic department have Juwan in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to Juwan’s return when he feels that he has fully recovered.”
It is expected that Juwan Howard will return to the court as head coach for Michigan basketball later in the season.
Elite Michigan basketball target will be in Ann Arbor tomorrow
Tomorrow, an elite Michigan basketball target (2024 recruiting class) will be in Ann Arbor for his first-ever visit with the Wolverines.
Juwan Howard and his Wolverines will be hosting Patrick Ngongba, an elite Michigan basketball target in the 2024 recruiting class, shortly. Ngongba, the No. 1 recruit in Virginia, has the Maize and Blue among his finalists and will be making the trip to Ann Arbor tomorrow (September 8th).
Elite Michigan basketball target about to be in Ann Arbor
While the 2023 Michigan Wolverines football season is now in full swing and has the attention of the entire fanbase, it’s worth noting that Juwan Howard and the Maize and Blue are hot on the recruiting trail in the 2024 recruiting class and beyond. After a tough 2022-23 season, Howard needs some good news to right the ship in Ann Arbor — tomorrow, he will have a massive opportunity to get one step closer to landing an elite recruit.
Patrick Ngongba is the No. 1 recruit in Virginia (for the 2024 recruiting class) and is an elite Michigan basketball target. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound center is an ESPN five-star prospect and is ranked among the top 30 players in the country in the composite rankings. So far, Juwan Howard has landed two prospects in the 2024 cycle, neither of which is rated anywhere close to Patrick Ngongba in the composite standings.
Can Juwan Howard land Patrick Ngongba in the 2024 recruiting class?
For the time being, Michigan basketball appears to be on the outside looking in ahead of Patrick Ngongba’s visit tomorrow — Duke and Kansas State currently have the best odds of landing him, per the Recruiting Prediction Machine. That said, Juwan Howard is a solid recruiter, and a visit to Ann Arbor, MI, ahead of a football game weekend could be a difference-maker for the Wolverines down the stretch.
According to the On3 visit tracker, tomorrow will be the first time that Michigan basketball gets the No. 1 recruit in Virginia on campus. This further showcases how important the visit will be for the Wolverines if Juwan Howard expects to have a shot against some of the other major programs vying for his commitment.
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Michigan basketball recruiting will host No. 1 point guard in September
Michigan basketball recruiting will host the No. 1 point guard of the 2025 class for an official visit.
Michigan basketball is coming off of its most disappointing season of the Juwan Howard era. After missing the national tournament for the first time since taking over as head coach, Howard is already looking ahead to the future to right the ship for the Wolverines. Recently, Joe Tipton of On3 Sports announced that Darius Acuff — currently the No. 1 point guard of the 2025 recruiting class — will visit Ann Arbor in early September.
Michigan basketball recruiting will host official visit for No. 1 point guard Darius Acuff
Michigan basketball has a huge opportunity to lock down an elite prospect this September. Acuff’s official Ann Arbor visit will reportedly last from September 1-3.
2025’s No. 1 ranked PG, Darius Acuff, tells me he will take an official visit to Michigan on September 1-3.
The Detroit native recently announced he would be transferring to IMG Academy for the upcoming season. Averaged 20.1 PPG on the EYBL circuit this summer, the most of any… pic.twitter.com/Elgrpx9PSo
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) August 24, 2023
Acuff is among the nation’s best and currently holds the No. 1 On3 industry ranking among point guards in the 2025 class. Across all positions, the six-foot point guard is the No. 9 industry-ranked player in the country.
Acuff is originally from Detroit, MI and played basketball at Cass Tech before recently transferring to IMG Academy in Florida. Michigan basketball currently holds the lead on Acuff’s recruitment on On3’s recruiting prediction machine with a 45.4 percent chance. Also in contention for Acuff’s recruitment are Kentucky, Michigan State, and Ohio State.
While Michigan basketball lost lots of talent this offseason, the recruiting game has been heating up as well. Landing a top-tier talent like Acuff could be just what the Wolverines need to build their recruiting momentum.
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