2013 Intro: Wing Guard Zak Irvin

It’s obviously very early for 2013 prospects but Zak Irvin is a name to remember. The multi-dimensional rising sophomore is alreadys 6-foot-4.5 with a 6-foot-10 wingspan. Irvin has already picked up several scholarship offers (Michigan doesn’t offer sophomores until June after their sophomore year) but his interest in Michigan is clear. Irvin has already visited Michigan twice and plans to make the trip back to Ann Arbor this weekend for the UConn game along with his high school teammate Gary Harris, Michigan commitment Trey Burke, and 2012 offeree Glenn Robinson III. Here’s what Irvin had to say when I caught up with him last night:

Describe your game. I shoot the ball really well, especially from midrange.  I rebound pretty well, my ballhandling skills are average, and I see the floor really well.

What offers do you have on the table now? IU, Illinois, Purdue and Xavier.

You’ll be visiting Michigan this weekend, right? I’ll be going to the UConn game, yes.

You visited earlier as well? I’ve been there twice this summer.  One was for an unofficial visit and then the second time was to come and see practice.

You’ve met the new coaches?  What did you think? I like them a lot.  We bonded a lot and we got to know them pretty well.

What did you do on the visit? The first time I came down we toured campus, we had lunch, and they showed me the gym, the fitness center, the football field, the weight room.  The second time I came down I watched practice, wanted to see what their practice looks like.

How did AAU go this summer? It went really well, we played well as a team and I played well this summer, so overall it was a great summer.

Any timeframe for commitment? I will probably have committed to a school after my junior year.

Anything specific you’re trying to improve about you’re game right now? I’m focused on ballhandling and getting stronger.

What do you like about Michigan? I like the basketball court, I love the coaches, I like the weight room and I like the campus in general.

What ultimately goes into your decision? Academics is a big point, relationship with the coach, and I would probably say team prestige.

  • http://umhoops.com ToBlav

    Zak has some seriously outstanding body controll that results in an almost unreal floater. I’d like to know what his idea of ‘team prestige’ is, but it can’t hurt to make the tournement in the next two years.

  • http://www.bankhoops.com SBell

    While Indiana’s 2012 class is great, as deep as I can remember in that state, 2013 is average. Michigan’s 2013 class is stronger, and U-M could find someone just as good as Irvin, Smotherman, Devin Davis just up the road at Dearborn Heights Robichaud in Lorenzo Bonam, based on having seen him play these Hoosiers.

  • detroitbry

    You slumming Bell? As badly as you talk about UM basketball I’m surprised you chimed in, Dylan you must be doing an outstanding job. As far UM’s interest in Irvin the fact that he and Harris play together certainly couldnt be a factor.

  • billiam

    I don’t know what competition he played in both games, but for a highlight tape there were awfully few lay-ups/dunks. I’m not saying he says to dunk every time, but the lack of trips to the rim seems to not bode well. That being said, this was a 90 second video of a sophomore. However, he did look like he can shoot those runners well, which is something we need, and he’s a 6’4 sophomore, which could translate into a decent wing, especially if he grows.

  • mitch

    The kid looks smooth. It would be great to get him and Harris. We still need a couple of bigs. I like how he said he “likes the basketball court”. That’s a first.

  • Kenny

    The class off-balance is coming to bite us, only 2 scholarships for 2013 unless Morgan and McLimans not granted the 5th year, which is not a situation we like to see either.

  • michigan scout

    steve haney is a way better fit 4 this offense then him

  • gordie bell

    In reality that is a 90 second clip of a 9th grader, he still has 3 years of HS left!!! His offer list is impressive, have to wait and see how he progresses but you don’t get that kind of attention as a 9th grader, unless you got something goin on.

  • aMaized
  • billiam

    Thanks for the update aMaized. Really enjoyed listening to Belein.

  • Paul

    A super impressive video for a HS Freshman! And his 6’10” wingspan now for a HS Freshman shooting guard/small forward is amazing and should allow him to get his shot off (even now in the Big 10) regularly almost unblockable!! Hopefully he grows another 3+ inches still and comes to U of M, baby!

  • Kenny

    Listened to Beilein’s interview. Sounds like he is going to play Horford.

  • fresh

    interesting to here him say that colton and obviously evan were going to be the main 4 players………or thats what i got out of what he was saying at least……he did mention that novak could play there but said that those 2 guys were going to be getting the majority of the mins at the 4 if i heard correctly……..very exciting to hear that, cant stand novak at the 4

  • Romar

    Agree with Michigan Scout…Haney is a WAY better fit for Michigan than either Bonnan or Irvin and is a lot taller (6’6). Bonnan has a below average jump shot and so does Irvin, not saying that cant develop, but IMO haney projects a lot better.

  • Mitchum

    Haney, Bo Zeigler, Tucker and Monte Morris all at MSU game this past weekend on visits, sure this same group coming into UM as well as they are easily 4 of top 7 or so in MI. Haney is way better than Bonnan, not close…His team Pride beat Bonnan by 45 this summer and Bonnan literally quit during the middle of the game, it was quite a scene.. Saw Leo Edwards play a lot this summer and I am really miffed at Bell and others putting this kid on top of 13’….I dont care how young, he is a LONG way off of the above 4……..

  • GregGoBlue

    Haha… Going to have to start putting a 2013 board together, Dylan?

  • close inside always looking in

    NO WAY IS LEO EDWARDS OFF BY A LONG SHOT WHY DONT U PEOPLE STOP HATING AND START CONGRATULATING ALL OF THESE YOUNG BOYS WHOS HOOPING AND GOT THEIR HEADS UP IN THE BOOKS.EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OPINION ON WHOS NUMBER 1,2,3,4,5,6 IT DOESNT MATTER ONE THING LEO OFFERS IS HIS LOVE FOR THE GAME HAVING AN IQ ON THE COURT AND WHAT COUNTS THE MOST IS HIS IQ IN THE BOOKS SO EVIDENTLY UR MIFFEDNESS WASNT PAYING ENOUGH ATTENTION SOMEBODY THOUGHT DIFFERENTLY.HE IS WHAT U CALL AN ATHLETIC-SCHOLAR LIKE I HOPE ALL THE REST OF THE BOYS ARE. AND U DONT CARE HOW YOUNG HE IS AT LEAST HIS AGE IS LEGIT FOR HIS OVERALL PERFORMANCE ON THE COURT HATER.

  • Mitchum

    HUH?…I hope you and Leo don’t go to the same high school and this is an example of his “IQ in the books”…the dont hate congratulate was also a little embarassing. Having an opinion on a player is not “hating”, it is called an opinion….dont hate, celebrate…

  • close inside always looking in

    OH OK!…SORRY YOU FELT ANY OF THAT WAS EMBARASSING WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION…….WHICH GOES BACK TO “YOUR OPINION DOESN’T MATTER”

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