Apparently, the blue bloods from Ann Arbor have still not forgiven Howard or the rest of the members of the great "Fab Five" squad, for their transgression, except, that is, for Jimmy King who serves as a color analyst on the University of Michigan radio broadcasts.
But that's OK with Juwan Howard, Jr., a rising star guard with Detroit Pershing. Howard was part of the Pershing squad that made it all the way to the State Finals before losing to eventual champion Saginaw.
Howard, who played a reduced role on the loaded Pershing squad that featured MSU verbal commitment Derrick Nix, star point guard Keith Appling and Western Michigan bound Demetrius Ward is working hard to get ready for a larger role this season.
"I'm working on my shot," said Howard. Who wanted to emphasize, he's working on it every day. "Absolutely, (I'm working out) a lot with my high school coach. He takes me to the gym to work on my form and (try to) perfect it. I shot a lot of three this year. My role was to hit threes, so I have to work on my form to be able to get it off in front of people's face.
You aren't going to be able to sit there everytime by yourself and shoot," he said.
What about Michigan and Michigan State?
"Michigan State a little bit, not a lot, not Michigan, but I know Michigan State has been to a lot of my games."
Howard himself, was in attendance at MSU final home game and watched and noticed the way the Spartan faithful celebrated the legacy of Drew Neitzel, a graduating senior who had an up-and-down senior season, but still was held in high esteem. He watched the way former Spartans who returned to the program were treated by the fans and the MSU coaching staff.
He wishes it could have been that way for his dad, Juwan Howard, currently a member of the Dallas Mavericks.
So no love for UM? "No, not really. I'm still mad because my dad and his teammates banners got taken down, so I pretty much don't like Michigan. I like Michigan, but not in that way. That rubbed me the wrong way," he explained.
So what are the chances of Howard staying in state to play his collegiate ball?
"I would like to get a Michigan State offer. I like the Michigan area, I'm real familiar with it. I'd like for it to be my home state and (I'd like to) represent one of my home(town) teams.
"I like Michigan State, I like them a lot. I've met the coaches - (Mark) Montgomery, Dewayne Stephens, Tom Izzo, I've met all of them."
So what does he think about the fiery intensity Izzo sometimes displays? "Yeah (laughs). I like that, he gets on his players real hard, I like that," Howard said.
In the meantime, Howard is sharpening his game, playing with the Michigan Mustangs on the AAU circuit and trying to get better every day.
"I like playing the wing or the "three", but I play mostly the three. I'm trying to get my skill level to a "two" position. I'm not very tall, so at the next level, I'll have to be a two," he said.
Howard believes his Doughboys will be back into the hunt next season. He says that with himself, Nix, freshman Tommy McCune and Appling back, they will be potent despite the loss of Ward. In fact, Howard is working hard to play the same role that Ward played successfully.
"I've got to bring more to the table so that we can win. Last year we had Demetrius Ward, I'm going to have to play more physically next year.
Last year we ran four guards and he played the "four". Next year we'll probably play that four guard lineup next year.
So who are the early favorites among the teams that are talking to him about scholarships?
"Indiana, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Marquette and if Michigan State showed me some love....."
Keep it tuned to GSN to stay up to date with all of the top prospects who are hearing from the Spartans.