As noted from 247sports’ Brice Marich, AJ Casey, a five-star forward out of Illinois, is very connected to Juwan Howard. The former Wolverine and Illini product like Casey, gave the following quote about connecting with the Michigan headman:
Top25 forward AJ Casey on #Michigan HC Juwan Howard: 'He gets me and where I'm from'
"Coach Howard played in the NBA and he’s from Chicago. He knows what it takes to get there and it’s awesome to see someone who he did it from where I’m from, too."https://t.co/a3Bkt7gbs9 pic.twitter.com/PAJqVx30Bz
— Brice Marich (@BriceMarich) May 3, 2021