Recruiting Notebook: Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal, Austin Hatch, Luke Kennard and more

Team-Gordon_0465-500x7241[1]Zak Irvin continued his strong play on the spring AAU circuit as the Eric Gordon All-Stars maintained their perfect record this spring. Irvin’s team plays in the semifinals of the Adidas Spring Classic this morning and will look to win its third event of the spring. In an upset scare against Illinois Old School, it was Irvin who provided some critical scoring down the stretch.

The weekend has been slightly more disappointing for Michigan bound big man Mark Donnal. Donnal’s Indiana Elite South team finished third in its group and was relegated to the bronze bracket at the Spring Classic. After a big weekend in Vegas a week ago, Donnal struggled a bit with foul trouble on Saturday.

Michigan assistant coach Lavall Jordan paid close attention to Irvin, Donnal and a number of other prospects throughout the event.

More after the jump including where Michigan coaches were yesterday, a brief update on Austin Hatch and other notes from the AAU circuit.

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Austin Hatch in Attendance

2013 Michigan commitment Austin Hatch was in attendance at the Adidas Spring Classic in Indianapolis, supporting fellow commitments Zak Irvin and Mark Donnal. Hatch reported that he’s recovery is going well and that he continues to put in the hard work necessary to attempt a comeback to the game of basketball. Hatch is working through intense physical therapy to rebuild strength while also attending class. He reported that the Michigan coaches have been supportive throughout the process:

“They still feel just as good about me.  Not necessarily as a basketball player, but just from off-the-court stuff — my schoolwork, the type of guy I am to them.  So, the basketball stuff will come they say.  It just takes time.”

Booker drawing praise

Devin Booker is one of the top 2014 prospects on the Michigan radar and the Michigan native, now Mississippi resident, continues to play well on the Nike EYBL circuit. Booker hasn’t shot the ball all that well this weekend in Hampton but is still picking up compliments from national media, a testament to his overall game. The latest, from Rivals.com:

After blowing up last weekend in Minneapolis, Baker’s fellow 2014 shooting guard Devin Booker couldn’t quite find the range on Friday, but the 6-foot-4 wing’s talent is evident. His jumper is crisp, his movement off the ball is excellent and he has a nice feel for the game. The Moss Point (Miss.) High product listed Michigan, Missouri, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State, Georgetown, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

Booker regained a bit of his shooting stroke on Saturday before sitting out the second game:

Reggie Cameron adds West Virginia offer

If Booker is the hottest name on Michigan’s 2014 radar, Cameron is the hottest name on the 2013 radar. By almost all accounts, the 6-foot-7 shooter appears to be on the verge of landing a Michigan offer and he continues to play well with the NJ Playaz. Cameron added a West Virginia offer last week and scored 21 points on 7-of-12 (3-7 3pt) shooting against the Oakland Soldiers yesterday.

The NJ Playaz are 3-0 thus far in Hampton and have a big match up against CIA Bounce on Sunday.

Wolverine staff focused on Luke Kennard

John Beilein was in to see Luke Kennard on Friday evening while Michigan assistant coach Jeff Meyer was at every one of Kennard’s games on Saturday. All of Kennard’s games drew large crowds but Michigan’s commitment to the 2015 star was clear. Kennard’s King James 15U squad was bounced from the top 16U bracket at the tournament but will have a chance to recover in the silver bracket today. Kennard impressed throughout the day with his shooting stroke, rebounding and all around game.

Meyer also watched the King James 16U team that was playing up in the 17U bracket. That team featured Vincent Edwards, who we featured last week, as well as Javon Bess, Justin Bibbs and other top Ohio prospects.

Assistant Coaches take to the Road

Michigan’s assistant coaches were on the AAU circuit in full force on Saturday. Jeff Meyer was on duty in Akron, Lavall Jordan in Indianapolis and Bacari Alexander at the Nike EYBL event in Hampton, VA.

John Beilein is back on the road Sunday, in attendance at the Adidas Spring Classic in Indianapolis.

Stay tuned for more from the AAU circuit in the hours and days to come as UM Hoops was in attendance in both Indianapolis and Akron.

Joe Stapleton contributed to this report.

  • A2JD

    Good update!

    I was wondering, is Michigan still showing interest in Dominic Woodson and vice versa?

    ESPN’s site says we offered him a scholarship but I haven’t read a peep about him here in a while and this is my top source for info.

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      Woodson sat out this weekend in St. Louis with an injury I believe.

      • A2JD

        Thanks!

  • Kevin

    When is the recruiting period over for the spring?

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      The live evaluation period was this weekend and last weekend.

  • TKWolverine

    Dylan, how does the recruitment of Caris LeVert (2012) affect the recruitment of Reggie Cameron (2013)? Assuming Austin Hatch is not part of the 2013 class, that leaves one opening left for the combined 2012/2013 classes. If we sign LeVert, on paper we have no room for Cameron (unless, of course, another current player leaves by the end of next season). Would JB sign LeVert and also take a commitment from Cameron without a guaranteed spot for both?

    • sane1

      That’s a good question. I was thinking the same thing. Any attrition would not happen until after next season, and I don’t see Cameron as a late signee. Beilein’s approach seems to be the bird in the hand approach. I could be wrong, but I think that basketball can over-sign by one. Even so, it’s a risk if no one wants to go.

      • TKWolverine

        There is a precedent with the original 2013 class (Donnal, Hatch, Irvin and Walton), which put us over the projected limit until the exits of Smotryzc, Christian and Brundidge. It does seem like a risk, though.

    • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

      I don’t think it would affect Cameron’s recruitment. I think taking Levert in ’12 means we wouldn’t add any other guards to the next class but Cameron could still be an option.

      • TKWolverine

        Only if we are sure someone leaves, Dylan. If you go to your 2013-14 chart, subtract Hatch and add LeVert, you’re at the maximum 13 scholarships.

        • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

          These things work themselves out — said the same thing with the 2013 class.

      • SamGoBlue

        I have to disagree. As has been pointed out below, we have seen Beilein take commitments in the past when it appeared no space was available, knowing that something would likely open up. In this situation, I think we would be more than happy to take both LeVert and Cameron if both are good enough. Hatch is obviously unlikely to still be in the 2013 class, meaning another space for that year (obviously question marks into the future with that though, and I have to think we will lose at least one of Burke III/Hardaway, Jr./Robinson III/McGary after this season, making space for at least two guys.

        • http://www.umhoops.com/ Dylan Burkhardt

          I guess I was unclear with the “I don’t think so”… meant that it wouldn’t have an affect, not that we wouldn’t continue to recruit him.

          • SamGoBlue

            OK, yeah we agree then. Wording was just a little confusing.

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