Mailbag: Zak Irvin’s progression, Age, Defense

Michigan 73, Tennessee 71-10
Dustin Johnston

@zgordon5: What does Zak Irvin specifically need to work on the most to become “more than just a shooter”? Did he show that potential in HS? I guess more clearly: should we have a lot of optimism about Zak being able to truly be more than a shooter, or are there red flags?

We’ve established that Irvin was ‘just a shooter’ last year after roughly three out of every four shots he took were threes. I have no doubt that Zak can and will do more than just shoot threes last season, but I’m not ready to predict a Nik Stauskas-level improvement. That’s not meant to be a knock on Irvin, but Nik Stauskas was already a lot more than a shooter during his freshman season. The following chart compares what play types made up each player’s freshman year production. Stauskas logged 379 possessions as a freshman, while Irvin logged 222 but the charts are normalized by percentage of possessions.

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There were plenty of similarities between Stauskas and Irvin. Both players were mostly spot-up shooters and were ridiculously efficient. Irvin scored 1.23 PPP on spot up possessions, Stauskas scored 1.28. Both players were secondary options on teams that had plenty of offensive firepower and both players hit a lot of threes. That’s the obvious part of the equation.

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Tim Hardaway Jr. dominates NBA Summer League, Nik Stauskas wins title

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It’s been a productive summer for former Wolverines at the next level. Mitch McGary was one of the stars of the Orlando Summer League before Tim Hardaway Jr. tore up the Las Vegas Summer League.

Hardaway’s NBA career continues to blossom. He averaged 22.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in Summer League action, checking in as the No. 2 scorer in Las Vegas.

Hardway earned an invite to participate with the USA Basketball select team, but it also appears that the New York Knicks are ready to start building around him as they look to trade other pieces including J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert

“They’re working on trying to make a move in the backcourt,” the NBA source familiar with the Knicks’ thinking said Sunday.

The idea that the Knicks are trying to make a trade to balance the roster isn’t earth-shattering. President Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills have mentioned the Knicks have a surplus in the backcourt, with Mills saying last week the Knicks are “heavy” at shooting guard. The issue for the Knicks, of course, is deciding whom to send out in a trade and figuring out what they can get in return in such a transaction.

Tim Hardaway Jr. has been deemed virtually untouchable, per a source.

Hardaway has settled into the NBA better than most would have ever guessed and appears to be poised for a big second season under Phil Jackson.

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Caris LeVert listed at 6-foot-7, 200 pounds on latest roster

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Caris LeVert in 2012 and 2014 (H/T: @nickbaumgardner)

Michigan updated its roster for the second time this month and has now published heights and weights for all incoming freshmen and returning players.

Caris LeVert is listed at an impressive 6-foot-7 and 200 pounds after entering college two years ago at 6-foot-5, 165 pounds. LeVert underwent foot surgery this offseason, but is expected to be getting back close to health.

In a YouTube video and interview published on June 25th, the 6-foot-7 wing reported that his rehab is going smoothly.

“Surgery was (in early June) on the left side of my foot… It went well, it was about an hour long and I don’t really remember anything from it. They knocked me out with anesthesia, but it was a good surgery.

“I’m doing a lot of recovery stuff, a lot of bike and underwater treadmill, stuff like that. Just trying to take some weight off my foot right now and stay in shape at the same time.”

LeVert is expected to be fully healthy and ready to participate in Michigan’s Italy trip this August.

“I’m expected to be back probably in the middle of July,” LeVert said in June. “We have a trip to Italy in the middle of August and I should be healthy by then.”

Zak Irvin also made an impressive leap physically as he’s now listed at 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, up from 200 pounds last season. Some freshman measurements appeared to have been adjusted from their original listings. Ricky Doyle is now 6-foot-9, 245 pounds while Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman is listed at 6-foot-4, 175 pounds rather than his originally listed 200 lbs. Redshirt freshman Mark Donnal is up to 240 pounds from 230 pounds last year, while DJ Wilson is now listed at 220 pounds after being listed at 200 pounds out of high school.

Find the full updated roster on our roster page

Video: Seth Towns Adidas All In Highlights

Seth Towns was a top performer at the Adidas All In tournament over the weekend and 3rd Coast Hoops put together this highlight video of Towns in action. Towns holds offers from Michigan and Iowa and is also hearing from UCLA among many others.

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Recruiting Roundup: Peach Jam Wrap Up

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The second evaluation period of July was headlined by the Nike Peach Jam, where Michigan head coach John Beilein spent the majority of his recruiting time throughout the long weekend. 2016 Wolverine offeree Tyus Battle was among the standouts of the event, averaging 14 points per game and carrying his team to the event’s semifinals, but a number of other Wolverine targets impressed as well.

Here’s a rundown of statistical performances from Michigan targets in attendance.

Nike Peach Jam Stats [Michigan Targets]

Name Team PPG FGM FGA FG% eFG% FTM FTA FT% 3PM 3PA 3P%
Jalen Brunson FIRE 20.8 27 73 37.0% 43.2% 41 54 75.9% 9 23 39.1%
Dillon Brooks BOUNCE 16.8 32 61 52.5% 53.3% 19 38 50.0% 1 7 14.3%
Esa Ahmad OHIO 15.4 25 51 49.0% 51.0% 25 35 71.4% 2 12 16.7%
Caleb Swanigan SPIECE 15.2 30 51 58.8% 61.8% 13 31 41.9% 3 3 100.0%
Jamal Murray BOUNCE 14 24 64 37.5% 44.5% 13 15 86.7% 9 32 28.1%
Prince Ali STMPED 13.7 13 29 44.8% 50.0% 12 18 66.7% 3 9 33.3%
Tyus Battle SCAN 13.6 24 53 45.3% 54.7% 10 15 66.7% 10 25 40.0%
Jalen Coleman OHIO 13.2 22 55 40.0% 50.0% 11 15 73.3% 11 30 36.7%
Shake Milton MOKAN 12.6 20 54 37.0% 37.0% 23 27 85.2% 0 10 0.0%
Kenny Williams BOO 10 15 45 33.3% 45.6% 9 13 69.2% 11 27 40.7%

Find more after the jump including notes on Tyus Battle, Seth Towns, Cassius Winston and others.

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Peach Jam Highlights: Jalen Coleman

Jalen Coleman is one of three prospects with a Michigan offer in the class of 2015 and the top-40 guard continued his impressive summer at the Nike Peach Jam over the weekend. Watch highlights of Coleman in action during the first two days of the tournament below.

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