Michigan Wolverines WiretapMichigan Wolverines Wiretap

Franz Wagner Leaves Michigan For 2021 NBA Draft

May 4, 2021 10:45 AM

Franz Wagner has left Michigan for the 2021 NBA draft.

Wagner plans to hire an agent and was the highest rated player on ESPN's board still unannounced on his draft intentions. Wagner is currently No. 9 on ESPN's board.

Wagner is the younger brother of another former Michigan first-round pick, the Orlando Magic's Moe Wagner.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Franz Wagner, Michigan Wolverines, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

Juwan Howard Calls Michigan 'Dream Job', Won't Leave For NBA

Mar 19, 2021 2:01 PM

During an appearance on ESPN's Jalen & Jacoby, Juwan Howard said he has no interest in leaving Michigan for the NBA. ESPN reported Howard will be a leading candidate for several NBA head coaching vacancies this offseason.

"I'm in Ann Arbor to stay, baby," Howard said. "I love Michigan, I love my job and I'm enjoying it and this experience. I'm also looking forward to growing each and every year and developing these young men to become the best versions of themselves as a student-athlete.

"This is a dream job for me. I think my passion last year showed how much I appreciate being in this position.

"The NBA, it's a beautiful game. They have great coaches there, amazing, talented players, a beautiful brand. But I enjoyed that experience for 25 years, 19 as a player and six as a coach. I'm going to stay and keep growing with Michigan. Go Blue."

Howard was an assistant coach with the Miami Heat from 2013 until he was hired by Michigan in 2019.

ESPN (via 24/7 Sports)

Tags: Michigan Wolverines, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Juwan Howard Expected To Be In 'High Demand' For NBA Job

Mar 17, 2021 8:29 AM

Juwan Howard has Michigan as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament in his second season as head coach, which will only raise his profile as a potential candidate for an NBA job.

Howard was an NBA candidate before he took the job at Michigan following his time as an assistant coach with the Miami Heat.

"Many NBA executives feel Howard will be in high demand once again this offseason," writes Jonathan Givony.

It remains to be seen whether Howard will consider a jump to the NBA, especially since he has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country coming in next season.

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Tags: Michigan Wolverines, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois, Michigan Receive Top Seeds In NCAA Tournament

Mar 14, 2021 6:50 PM

Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois, and Michigan received No. 1 seeds in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Gonzaga was named the No. 1 seed for the tournament, and are the fifth team to enter the tournament undefeated.

They are also the first team to be ranked as AP's No. 1 from the beginning to the end of the season since Kentucky in 2014-15.

Baylor are the No. 1 seed for the first time in the program's history. 

A printable bracket of the full tournament can be found here.


Tags: Michigan Wolverines, Illinois Fighting Illini, Baylor Bears, Gonzaga Bulldogs, NCAA Tournament, NCAA

Zavier Simpson Signs Undrafted Free Agent Contract With Lakers

Nov 19, 2020 1:54 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Michigan's Zavier Simpson to an undrafted free agent contract.

Simpson averaged 12.9 points and 7.9 assists for Michigan. 

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Zavier Simpson, Michigan Wolverines, NBA, NBA Official Signing

Caleb Houstan Becomes Highest Ranked Michigan Commit Since 2007

Oct 31, 2020 12:53 PM

Five-star recruit Caleb Houstan announced his commitment to Michigan.

Houstan, the No. 10 ranked player in the 2021 class, is the highest ranked Michigan commit since at least 2007.

Originally in the 2022 class, Houstan reclassified over the summer.

Houston pointed to Juwan Howard's background in the NBA as a deciding factor. 

"He played in the NBA for 19 years and knows what it takes to get there and stay there. I think he can help me both on and off the court and in preparing to get to the next level. I know he's going to push me every single day in order for me to get better and develop as a player."

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

Tags: Caleb Houstan, Michigan Wolverines, NCAA, NCAA Commitment

Juwan Howard Says He's Not 'Exploring, Seeking' NBA Coaching Offers

Aug 25, 2020 1:27 AM

Juwan Howard re-affirmed his commitment to the University of Michigan amid NBA coaching rumors.

"There was a report of my name as a potential candidate for NBA coaching opportunities. While I am flattered, and know it will more than likely happen again, I am not exploring, seeking or listening. I am the head coach at the University of Michigan! I am blessed to be working at the greatest university in the world. I am blessed to be guiding a group of wonderful young men. We have goals, dreams & championships to win! This is where my focus is," released Howard in a statement through the school.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Howard was gaining traction as an NBA coaching candidate

Michigan's 2021 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 9 in the country, according to ESPN. 

Myron Medcalf/ESPN

Tags: Michigan Wolverines, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Juwan Howard Considered Rising Candidate For NBA Head Coaching Job

Aug 24, 2020 11:09 AM

Juwan Howard is gaining traction as a coaching candidate for several teams, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Howard was a head coaching candidate for both the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers before he became head coach at the University of Michigan.

Howard worked as an assistant coach for several seasons under Erik Spoelstra with the Miami Heat. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Michigan Wolverines, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Isaiah Livers Withdraws From NBA Draft, Will Return To Michigan

Jul 18, 2020 11:57 PM

Isaiah Livers announced that he will withdraw from the 2020 NBA draft and return to Michigan for his senior season.

"My family and I are so appreciative of Coach Howard and all the staff for letting us really explore my dream of playing in the NBA. While it was a limited process due to COVID-19, I want to thank all the NBA teams who took the time to talk to me. The information I gathered is going to be invaluable moving forward. But now, we have unfinished business in Ann Arbor. I cannot wait to do everything I can and help lead this team to great things," released Livers in a statement.

Livers averaged 12.9 points and 4.0 rebounds last season.

College players have until August 3rd to withdraw from the draft. 

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Isaiah Livers, Michigan Wolverines, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft Withdrawals