Some unhappy with Detroit's talent infusion

October, 4, 2011
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Detroit could be one of the nation's best mid-major teams and a big threat to overtake Butler in the Horizon League. The Titans are doing it with sophomore guard and son of the coach Ray McCallum along with a mix of impact transfers in guard Chase Simon from Central Michigan and forward Eli Holman from Indiana.

But not everyone was happy when news emerged that Detroit managed to land Western Michigan transfer forward Juwan Howard Jr., who will have to redshirt the season before becoming eligible. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, WMU coach Steve Hawkins stood behind Howard for deciding not to return due to personal reasons, but wasn't exactly thrilled to lose a second talented player to the Titans.
That's the same Detroit which also wound up with another prized WMU freshman, center LaMarcus Lowe, following the 2008-09 season.

WMU coach Steve Hawkins wasn't thrilled then and his "No comment" on his feelings about Howard's trek to Detroit said plenty this time, too.

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After Lowe's transfer to Detroit, Hawkins decided not to renew the Broncos' long-running series with the Titans after the current contract expires following this season's game at Calihan Hall.

Howard ending up at Detroit isn't the first time McCallum's addition of a transfer left another program unhappy. When Holman left Indiana, coach Tom Crean found the circumstances of that departure to Detroit troubling.
Crean on Thursday characterized Holman hooking up with Detroit as "an orchestration," according to The Indianapolis Star.

"We were led to believe that this was a family decision and that he wanted to get closer to home," Crean said, according to The Star, "but now it doesn't look like that's the way it's going to turn out.

"I don't think there's any doubt that there was a certain amount of orchestrating going on. It's disappointing -- very disappointing -- on a lot of fronts."

The Kalamazoo Gazette reported Hawkins declined comment when asked if he felt Detroit coaches had tampered with Howard, and McCallum did not return a phone call from the paper. Either way, Detroit adds Howard, the son of an NBA player and former Fab Five member. And once again, the transfer issue has rubbed someone the wrong way.

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