Michigan's Fab Five

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The best recruiting class in NCAA history came in and changed the game. Before they came to college, players still wore short shorts and the only people caught wearing black socks on a basketball court were 60-year olds trying to be young again. They changed the game with their great basketball skills, and their swagger. The road to greatness wasn't very easy for some though; they lived a tough life, and used that as motivation to drive them to greatness. They were are Michigan's Fab Five.

In spring of 1991, the University of Michigan signed what was arguably the best recruiting class in the history of college basketball. Coach Steve Fisher signed five of the nation's top prospects - Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. Webber and Rose were childhood friends from Detroit who turned into McDonald's All Americans. The 6'9" power forward, Webber, was regarded as the number one player in the nation. Rose was a tall guard standing 6'7", who played like a young Magic Johnson. Howard, another McDonald's All American, was a multi-talented forward from Chicago. Texas natives King and Jackson capped off the Fab Five Freshman. While Jackson was an incredible defensive player, King was a super athletic guard [Wieberg].

Growing up wasn’t exactly easy for the “Fab Five,” most grew up poor, and the only thing keeping them from leading a life of crime was basketball. Jalen Rose grew up on south side of Detroit, and saw dope and weed everyday on his way to school [ESPN 30 for 30]. Jalen Rose never knew his father; they spoke a few times over the phone when he was older, but growing up Jalen never knew his professional basketball playing father [ESPN 30 for 30]. Jalen’s dads name was Jimmy Walker, he was se...

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...p title a two years ago, but everyone will remember Michigan's Fab Five and the way they changed the game of basketball forever.

Works Cited

1. ESPN 30 for 30 - Fab Five, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0n3VtxfrRM, January 28th, 2014

2. Wieberg, Steve (March 28, 2002). "Fab Five anniversary falls short of fondness". http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/basketball/men/02tourney/2002-03-27-cover-fab5.html, February 7th, 2014

3. Milbert Neil, "Howard's Effort Honors Grandma." April 7th 1992. February 6th. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1992-04-07/sports/9202010228_1_juwan-howard-michigan-early-period

4. Chris Webber - Growing Up In Detroit

5. CRAFT KEVIN, “The Enduring Lesson of Michigan's Fab Five: Winning Really Isn't Everything.” APR 10 2013. February 8th.

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