KU basketball assistant Jerrance Howard leaving for Texas
KU basketball assistant Jerrance Howard will be departing the program, coach Bill Self announced on Tuesday. Howard, who has been on staff with KU for eight seasons, is leaving for an assistant job at Texas under Chris Beard.
Self commented on Howard’s move in an athletics release. In it, he wished Howard well.
“I want to thank Jerrance for all of his hard work and dedication to Kansas men’s basketball over the past eight years,” said Self. “I was fortunate to coach him at Illinois and loved the opportunity we had to coach together here at KU. He has been a member of our great staff and instrumental in the development of many players over his eight seasons. I would like to express my appreciation to Jerrance, his wife Jessica, as well as JJ and Jaya. We certainly wish them all the best.”
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Howard said he was grateful for the opportunity to coach under Self.
“Working for Coach Self and being a part of Kansas basketball has been a true privilege that I will always be grateful for,” said Howard. ” As I look forward to my next career opportunity, I thank God for the amazing players, staff, and community I have been blessed to know during my eight seasons at KU.”
Howard has recruited a number of talented prospects to Lawrence, including five-star recruits in Cliff Alexander and Quentin Grimes. Beyond that, Howard helped the program land David McCormack, Jalen Wilson, Dajuan Harris and Marcus Garrett on the most-recent KU team, plus graduate transfer Isaiah Moss on the 2019-20 squad.
Also of note, Howard helped the Jayhawks recruit recent guard commit Bobby Pettiford, as well as JUCO transfer Sydney Curry.
Back in 2020, ESPN put out a list of college basketball’s top 40 coaches under the age of 40. Howard, who now is 40 (a year later), came in at No. 21.
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“Howard has had a reputation as one of the nation’s best recruiters dating back to his time at Illinois,” wrote ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. “The Peoria native is well-connected in Chicago and the Midwest but also had success at SMU under Larry Brown. Bill Self, who coached Howard as a player at Illinois, hired him in 2013, and Howard has continued his recruiting prowess in Lawrence.”
ESPN’s Myron Medcalf also wrote he believed Howard to be among the underrated coaches on that list.
“I think Kansas’ Jerrance Howard is one of the best assistant coaches in the country for one of the premier programs in America, so he’s too low, in my opinion,” Medcalf wrote. “He has found success during stints with both Bruce Weber and Bill Self, and has formed special bonds with the players on the Kansas roster, while evolving into an important voice on the bench and sustaining the talent pipeline as one of the top recruiters in the country.”