Michigan landed the first big commitment of the Juwan Howard era on Thursday night as five-star forward Isaiah Todd vowed to join the Wolverines.

Todd, who made the announcement at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina, chose Michigan over Kansas. Michigan wasn't on Todd's initial list of schools he was considering, but that was before Howard was hired.

Howard's son, Jett, played on a younger team in the same AAU program as Todd. Howard initially scouted Todd during an AAU event in May.

Todd visited the Wolverines with his mother on Sept. 28 and then narrowed his choices to Michigan and Kansas.

Thursday's announcement coincided with his 18th birthday.

Michigan hired Howard on May 22 to replace John Beilein, who left the Wolverines for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. Howard accepted a five-year deal starting at $2 million annually.

Howard, a member of the famed "Fab Five" 1991 recruiting class at Michigan, was the No. 5 pick in the 1994 NBA Draft. He was an All-Star with Washington in 1995-96 and won an NBA championship with the Heat in 2011-12.

--Field Level Media

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