Recruiting Roundup: Zak Irvin continues hot start

Dylan Burkhardt

Indy Star

Our weekly look at how Michigan recruiting commitments and targets fared across the country including statistics, videos and photos.

2013 Commits

Zak Irvin

Irvin continues to dominate the Indiana high school basketball scene while posting monster scoring totals game in and game out. Irvin’s Hamilton Southeastern team is now 8-1 on the season and Irvin is leading the way.

The 6-foot-7 wing guard scored 30 points in a 66-59 win over Zionsville, connecting on 11-of-19 field goals (1-7 3pt). The very next day against North Central, Irvin exploded for 33 points on 12-of-19 (2-7 3pt) shooting with four assists and three rebounds. Hamilton Southeastern topped North Central by a final score of 82-77.

Here’s footage of Irvin in action via Go Blue Wolverine:

Mark Donnal

Donnal helped Anthony Wayne to a win over Northview and WNWO TV posted some footage from the game including a couple of Donnal’s baskets on the night.

Donnal added 28 points and 17 rebounds in a 66-30 win over Napoleon on Monday evening.

Derrick Walton

Walton had 17 points and seven assists in a win over Rochester and Kentucky commitment James Young. UM Hoops was in attendance and we posted a game story, interview and scouting video of Walton’s night.

2014 Offers

1qKgrF.AuSt.77[1]Devin Booker

Booker suffered a major injury scare in a 59-52 loss to Harrison Central with a scary knee injury.

Booker went down suddenly in the third quarter with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

“He was moving around like he was agonized,” Cotton said.

Fortunately for Booker and and the rest of the Tigers, the injury has been determined to be just a knee sprain.

“I talked to his dad today and he said he was up walking and the trainer was coming back (Saturday) to look at it,” Cotton said. “He’s up walking but we’re going to take all precautions.”

Booker had nine points in the loss before the injury and while the injury is just a sprain but could still be a concern going forward. Booker has since Tweeted that the injury is not that that serious.

Trevon Bluiett

Bluiett had 31 points in a 77-35 win over Triton Central, all coming in the first three quarters of the game.

Jae’Sean Tate

Tate recently committed to Ohio State for basketball but Sam Webb reports that Michigan has now offered him for football as a rush end/linebacker.

2014 Targets

Ricky Doyle

Doyle’s Verot square topped Cape Coral but stats were not available for Doyle. Bishop Verot has a big week ahead as it hosts the annual City of Palms Classic, an event which attracts some of the top programs across the country. Verot will open the tournament tonight against Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas at 8:15.

Vincent Edwards

Edwards had a 15 point, 15 rebound double-double in a two point loss to Trotwood but was even more impressive earlier in the week with 23 points and 22 rebounds  in a loss to Thurgood where Matt Painter was reportedly in attendance.

Peyton Allen

Allen’s name hasn’t been quite as prevalent in recent months but the junior guard from Illinois recently reported that he’s had an uptick in interest from the Wolverines in this video interview from Chicago Hoops:

Allen recently scored a game high 17 points in a 47-44 win over Ladue (Mo.) just one day after scoring a team high 19 points in an overtime loss to Jacksonville. Allen’s Glenwood team is 10-1 on the season.

Edmond Sumner

Another 2014 guard on the Michigan radar, here are recent highlights of Sumner against Ann Arbor Pioneer including a quick update on his recruitment:

Tyler Wideman

Wideman’s Lake Central team was upset by Chesterton as he scored 20 points in the four point upset loss.

2015 Targets

Luke Kennard

Kennard had 22 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in a 71-47 win over Talawanda. The sophomore notched a triple double in a 100-65 win over Valley View with 24 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.

Evan Boudreaux

Boudreaux had 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in a 36-28 win over Gurnee. Michigan was the first name out of the versatile 6-foot-7 forward’s mouth in this video interview:

Diamond Stone

Diamond Stone attended DePaul’s game against NIU earlier this week. Here’s recent footage of Stone in a win over St. Thomas More:

Jordan Ash & Glynn Watson

Ash and Watson’s St. Joseph team fell to St. Patrick in a 61-54 game, stats were not available for Watson and Ash in the loss. Glynn Watson had 13 points a day earlier in a 67-61 loss at Providence Catholic.

Ryan Fazekas

Fazekas had 20 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double double of the season in an 88-51 win over La Crosse.

Chandler White

White had a game high 24 points for Carroll (1-5) in a 70-56 loss to Homestead.

Matt Holba


Holba missed significant time on the AAU circuit with injuries this summer but is playing well now that he’s healthy. He had 21 points and 13 rebounds in a four point upset win over Lake Central. He also added seven points in a 48-38 win over Portage. He recently updated his recruitment with ($) and is drawing interest from Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, and Michigan.

Here are highlights from the Chesterton-Lake Central game:

Jalen Coleman

Coleman had 17 points to power Cathedral to a 68-63 win over Ballard.

Bakari Evelyn


Evelyn’s Southfield Christian team was profiled by the Detroit News. He recently scored 34 points in a five point loss to Southfield-Lathrup.

Class of 2016

Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson was impressive in Consortium’s loss to Pershing and we featured his performance in our story from the Best of the Best Showcase.

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  • blackie6

    What would you say Irvin will play at UM? the 3 or 4? Or, will he be a 2 at 6’7 and growing? Either way, kid is something else…. Impressed with his handle in that video as well as his ability get in the lane, avoid contact and charges and also still finish softly…. 6’7 and long…. Kid is a STUD, think ESPN and Rivals has his ranking pegged in that top 25-30 players or so……

    • UM Hoops Fan

      Probably will depend on roster composition. Does GRIII stay? THJr? Is the two-post look a success? My guess is Irvin will start at the 3 or 4, not the 2, especially because long-term we have more people who will probably be around for at least Irvin’s first two years who can play the 2 (LeVert, Stauskas, Albrecht (in a small-guard setting), THJr if he stays, than can play a mobile 4. Great to have so many flexible pieces.

    • I see him as much more of a three despite his height. He has a good handle but just doesn’t have the frame to play the four at this point in my opinion. His game is much more than of a guard than a combo four like GRIII for example.

      • GregGoBlue

        How would you say his game compares to THJrs at this stage? I would say his handle is better, not certain of his shooting ability, though in the highlights his shooting has looked very good.

        • Steve2081

          I love that his ball handling and driving ability have become so good people are now doubting his shooting ability when that was pretty much all he was known for at first.

          He can shoot just fine.

        • geoffclarke

          I wasn’t following recruiting much when Hardaway was in high school, but I honestly think Irvin is better now than Hardaway was as a freshman in college.

    • geoffclarke

      He definitely has guard skills in the way he can handle, pass, and see the floor. I think he could legitimately play spot minutes at the 1 and significant minutes at the 2 or 3. I also think he could easily guard any of those positions on defense.

    • John

      I see him playing mainly the 3 and some 2.

  • Chabvis

    How do you see the 2014 class shaping up?

    • blackie6

      the ’14 class is interesting thus far…. in ’13, we had 4 guys jump right in very early… in ’12, we had GRob in very early…. in ’11, brundidge, in ’10 at least one or two very early…. IT seems in ’14, we are offering more non-sleepers and therefore perhaps not getting the earlies we did in previous classes… Obviously, if Booker or Blueitt commit shortly after the New year, then we’ll be more on track, but overall – I feel we are a little behind in commitments then the previous 3-4 years…. How many do we take in ’14? I’d imagine we look at adding a 4th in the 13 class when we see two of Trey, Tim and GRob leave after this year…. then in ’14, when we lose another EE, I think we get 2 or 3 recruits…..

      • UM Hoops Fan

        Recruiting is like that, especially with small classes like basketball has. OSU just got their 2nd ’13 commit at the end of September, then got two ’14s by mid-November. MSU still doesn’t have a single ’13 commit. One of our big man targets is in Florida only going to take official visits, which can’t happen yet. If in six months we don’t have a commit and our targets are all or mostly committed elsewhere, we can worry then. And even then, the staff has proven very good at identifying late-developing prospects. With our staff, they’re past results, the season we’re having, we’re in good shape.

      • DeepBlue83

        Well, as interesting as a class with no commitments can be, I guess. Beilein has yet to show that he can consistently go toe-to-toe with elite programs for blue-chip recruits and win his share of the battles. His pattern to date has usually been to offer under-the-radar guys that haven’t had much interest from other schools, and hope they get better after they commit. That he hasn’t gotten any such commitments yet for 2014 is a little concerning. He seems to be very resistant to recruiting dominant inside players, also.

        • jturn14

          Based on the success rate, I think it’s closer to “knowing” the under-the-radar guys will get better than it is “hoping”.

  • Steve2081

    Still can’t believe Allen let his team lose to Jacksonville(the town I work in). They are pretty terrible.