"I told you we were going to shock the world!"
- Juwan Howard
THE FAB FIVE
The Fab Five were the 1991 University of Michigan men's basketball team the greatest recruiting class of all time. The class consisted of Chicago Native Juwan Howard (#25), two recruits from Texas: Plano's Jimmy King (#24) and Austin's Ray Jackson (#21), Detroit natives Chris Webber (#4) and Jalen Rose (#5), The Fab Five were the first team in NCAA history to compete in the championship game with all-freshman starters.
Their trend-setting but controversial antics on the court garnered much attention from the media. They are the subjects of The Fab Five, which was the highest rated ESPN Films documentary ever produced, were one of the featured teams in two of the highest rated NCAA Men's Basketball Championship games ever played in terms of households (although not viewers), and were a marketing juggernaut whose merchandise sales even dwarfed those of the national champion 1988–89 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team.