Recruiting Roundup: Commitments Take to the Big Stage

Dylan Burkhardt

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We posted video of Mitch McGary, Nik Stauskas, Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin in the last 48-hours. Click their name or picture to watch footage of each player.

In this week’s Recruiting Roundup we keep things short and simple while looking at the week that wise for Michigan’s 2012 and 2013 commitments, a number of which played in high profile and tournaments and showcases across the country.

Class of 2012

4f0e09d067209.preview-300[1]Glenn Robinson III – Commit

Robinson had 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 74-54 win over Crown Point as opposing fans chanted “Daddy’s better”. Lake Central also knocked off Highland, 80-51, on Monday and Robinson had 26 points and eight rebounds after being honored as the program’s all-time leading scorer in pre-game.

Nik StauskasCommit

Stauskas had 16 points in a 10 point victory over Friends Central at the Hoophall Classic on Sunday. He also added 15 points in a blowout (70-33) win over Roxbury and St. Mark’s cruised to a win over Middlesex but stats were unavailable.

Mitch McGaryCommit

McGary had three points in Brewster’s win over Tilton while facing one of the nation’s best defensive players in Nerlens Noel.

Class of 2013

Derrick Walton – Commit

Walton had 24 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in a loss to Flint Beecher and Monte Morris. Walton had 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds earlier in the week in a 24 point win over Detroit Old Redford Academy.

Zak IrvinCommit

Irvin was impressive at the Flyin’ to the Hoop Invitational alongside his teammate, Michigan State commitment Gary Harris. Irvin had 26 points including five three pointers and some big dunks.’s Corey Albertson was extremely impressed:

The four-star junior shot lights-out on Saturday afternoon as he made all five of his three-point attempts on his way to a game-high 26 points. The Michigan commit hit threes off the dribble, off of screens and by spotting up with a smooth stroke and confidence. Irvin also displayed some of his signature bounce by throwing down two alley-oop dunks off of set plays. The 6-foot-5 wing was active on the defensive end, where he recorded four rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot.

donnal-anthony-wayne[1]Mark DonnalCommit

Donnal and his Anthony Wayne squad was profiled in the Toledo Blade, an excerpt:

Perhaps no one on the team has bought in to the new approach more than Mark Donnal, the 6-9 junior who is already committed to the University of Michigan. The league’s top post player is averaging a team-high 20.4 points and 8.7 rebounds after averaging 15 points and seven boards last season.

Donnal, who probably receives more double-teams near the basket than any other player in the NLL, is sinking 79 percent of his shots from the field, as well as from the foul line.

“Mark has been a big asset for us, there’s no doubt about that,” Borcherdt said. “He’s been very effective. He takes good shots. He’s a good free-throw shooter. He’s making other people around him better.”

Donnal had just seven points in an overtime loss to Bowling Green after scoring 36 points against the same team earlier in December. Donnal had 18 points earlier in the week in a 75-65 loss to Napoleon.

  • Allen

    I am very excited at the prospects of Walton, Irvin and Donnal. That could be an elite class when its all said and done.

  • Jwalt23

    MI 2013 class is nice. Walton an true floor general, Irving a very skilled scorer, and Donnal is a skilled big man. If Hatch can’t play then we go out and find a replacement like James young or Bo Zig. We will be great. Go Blue!

  • Sven187

    Peyton Allen had 15 pts and 4 rebs against state ranked conference rival Springfield Lanphier. Lanphier features highly recruited Larry Austin Jr and Everett Clemons son of former Illini Renee Clemons.

  • Brian

    FYI, Jerry Meyer of said that he regrets not ranking Robinson III higher in their last rankings update.  So he is almost certain to rise in the next Rivals rankings.  

    • Michigan4

      Since you brought this up, there have been some rumblings that Tre Robinson could be approaching 5 star status.  It is amazing how quickly this kid has shot up the rankings.  From what I hear, most believe he is a top 25 talent in the 2012 class.

  • Ace_maker4

    Donnal will be a great fit for the Coach B system; I just wonder how athletic he is at this point? Is he Smot like or is he a better athlete?

  • MPrep

    Yante Jackson is with out a doubt among the top 5 guards in the class of 2014. He is making some noise at Ann Arbor huron. He is a pure shooter with range out to 28 feet