Michigan basketball signee Jett Howard to appear in LeBron James movie
One of Michigan’s newest basketball freshmen has landed a role in an upcoming movie.
Jett Howard, the youngest son of head coach Juwan Howard, will appear in “Shooting Stars,” a film about NBA superstar LeBron James’ high school basketball team. Howard will play Carmelo Anthony, a 19-year-old NBA veteran who faced James when the two were in high school.
The film, based on the 2009 book by Buzz Bissinger, is slated for release in 2023 on NBC’s Peacock streaming service. It stars Marquis “Mookie” Cook as James. Cook is the fifth-ranked player in the high school class of 2023, according to the 247sports composite, and is committed to playing at Oregon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, other actors who will appear in the film include Caleb McLaughlin (“Stranger Things”) as one of James’ costars, and Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans”) and Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) as coaches.
Filming began this month in Akron, Ohio, James’ hometown. A picture of the set shows Howard and Cook in an embrace on the pitch. Howard, the No. 38 player in the Class of 2022, was named Iverson Classic MVP a few weeks ago.
Juwan Howard and James were teammates with the Miami Heat, winning championships in 2012 and 2013.