Juwan was born on 7 February 1973. His father, Leroy Watson, was a retired army personnel and a phone company employee in Chicago. His mother, Helena, was working at a restaurant when Juwan was born. His parents got married as soon as they realized Juwan’s mom was pregnant.
Howard’s mother was a teenage girl when she became a mom, and she did not want to be restricted from raising her child. Therefore she kept Juwan in a drawer at Jannie Mae’s house. Jannie Mae adopted Juwan. His grandmother gave his name Juwan Antonio Howard. Juwan’s grandmother played a crucial role in Juwan’s upbringing, and she was his early mentor.
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He was active in basketball since his school days.
He went to Chicago Vocational Career Academy, and here he played three seasons of varsity basketball.
Although it was not easy for Howard to overcome issues like unheated locker rooms, gyms, and no changing room for games, he broke all barriers and became the 1991 All-American basketball player and earned the McDonald’s All-American honors.
Howard was selected for the National Honor Society, and he was Vocational’s homecoming king during his school days. Juwan was recognized as one of the leading sophomore basketball playersin the Chicago metropolitan area. His performance improved over the years in school leagues, and experts saw him emerging as one of the leading young basketball players in America during his junior and senior years.
Juwan started their sophomore year in 1988 when he was only 16. He participated in Chicago Public High School League and scored 26 points in a losing match. He went to Nike Academic Betterment and Career Development camp after the summer of 1988. He proved his basketball skills against 7-foot-4-inch tall Shawn Bradley and became one of the leading junior-year big men in the USA.
Experts considered Juwan as Illinois’s leading junior basketball player, even better than Tom Kleinschmidt. He was a 1989-90 Fighting Illini Team member and later became a player in the first-team All-Chicago Public School League.
He became the president of Vocational’s Senior Boy’s Council during his senior year. He was one of the leading five top school basketball players in his senior year. Howard chose to attend Michigan and later moved with his high school coach.
Howard went to the University of Michigan, and he was a part of the 1991-1992 Michigan Wolverines. He played for Michigan Wolverines between 1994 and 2013. His position was Center and Power forward. Howard’s number was 5, 7, 55, and 6 during his college rarer.
It was 2013 when Miami Heat announced some changes in its organization. One of those significant announcements was Howard’s new role as an assistant coach. He became an assistant coach when Chad Kammerer and Keith Askins were shifted to scouting positions. Howard was retired, and in 2019, he became the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team.
Juwan Howard has been in a relationship with four different women. He has six children. He has a son Juwan Howard Jr. with Markita Blyden. He was born in 1992, and now he is also following his father’s footsteps. Juwan married Jenine Wardally on 6 July 2002. They have two sons Jac and Jett. Howard and Wardley's sons are school basketball players.
Juwan has bought many real estate properties throughout his career, but he continued to live in Chicago. He owns a townhome in the South Loop Area, a three-bedroom unit in the Trump International Hotel & Tower.
Juwan has played basketball as a professional player for 19 years. He has played 1,208 games, of which 900 started. His points average 13.4, 2.2 assists, and 6.1 rebounds. Howard has gained 16,159 points, 2,663 assists, and 7,428 rebounds before getting retired.