Few teams in any sport have made such a lasting impact as the “Fab Five” Michigan teams did on basketball on all levels.
Comprised of some of the top recruits in the U.S., the group came together in the 1991-92 season and turned college basketball upside down with their athleticism, flashy play, swagger, and fashion sense.
While they never captured an elusive NCAA championship, they got to the final two years in a row.
Led by Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson, they’ve remained a classic team in college basketball, with an impact that can still be felt in some ways during this NCAA Tournament.
Here’s where the Fab Five are today….
Jalen Rose was the leading scorer for the Wolverines, and perhaps the embodiment of the swagger with which the team played.
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Today, Rose is an analyst for ESPN after playing in the NBA for 13 years.
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Chris Webber averaged 15 points per game for the Wolverines in the 1991-92 season and was one of the most dominant big men in college basketball.
Webber played 15 years in the NBA, making the All-Star team five times. He is now an analyst for TNT.
Juwan Howard was the team’s third-leading scorer, averaging 11 points per game.
Howard played 19 seasons in the NBA and has been an assistant coach with the Miami Heat for five seasons.
Jimmy King was the team’s shooting guard and hit a lethal 46.7% of his threes in ’91-92.
King played just two years in the NBA. As of 2017 he was an administrator in the Ecorse, Michigan, school district where he also coaches basketball. He now appears to be taking part in the NBA’s assistant coaching program.
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Ray Jackson rounded out the starting five and was the least-heralded member of the group.
Jackson never played in the NBA. In 2017, he was coaching his high school basketball team in Austin, Texas. He recently participated in a SXSW panel about paying college athletes.
Eric Riley was one of the top players for Michigan the season before the arrival of the Fab Five. He lost his starting job and his production dwindled in his last two seasons.
The 7-foot Riley went on to play 7 seasons in the NBA for several clubs, winning an NBA championship with the Rockets in 1994. In recent years he has started a non-profit called the High Rise Foundation which helps kids increase their academic, athletic, and social skills.
Steve Fisher was the head coach of the team.
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Fisher finished with a 185-81 record in nine seasons with Michigan. He coached San Diego State for 18 seasons and retired in 2017.
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BONUS: Rob Pelinka was a reserve guard for the Wolverines, playing in 29 games in 1991-92.
Pelinka would go on to become one of the most powerful agents in the NBA, and was hired as GM of the Los Angeles Lakers in February.
Now, check out where the remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament stand…
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