By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on July 31, 2011 at 1:28 pm
John Beilein discovered Zak Irvin over a year ago while watching his high school teammate, Gary Harris, in practice. Ever since, the 6-foot-6 wing forward has been one of the top 2013 prospects on Michigan’s recruiting board. Irvin picked up plenty of early offers but stayed true to the process, waiting patiently and opting not to commit early like so many other highly touted Indiana natives. In June he picked up coveted offers from Michigan and Butler, his eventual final two schools, before putting together his best month of basketball on the July evaluation circuit.
After officially trimming his list to just two schools last week, Irvin made the call today and informed John Beilein that he wanted to join the Wolverines – as was confirmed by his AAU coach. He is the third 2013 commitment for John Beilein, joining Austin Hatch and Mark Donnal in the class. Irvin is also the third commitment from the state of Indiana in Michigan’s 2012 and 2013 classes. Find more information, scouting reports and video after the jump.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on July 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm
Zak Irvin officially trimmed his list to just two schools, Michigan and Butler, earlier this week and now he’s set a date to make his decision. The 2013 wing forward confirmed this afternoon that he will announce his college choice tomorrow (Sunday, July 31st).
Irvin’s decision comes on the heels of a great month of July featuring strong performances at several high profile AAU tournaments. The multi-dimensional wing forward holds offers from Butler, Baylor, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Miami (FL), Purdue, Tennessee and Xavier.
Updated Roster The official roster was updated with freshmen heights and weights along with updates for upper classmen. The eye popping number is Jon Horford at 250lbs, up from 220lbs last season. The freshmen: Burke (6-1, 175), Brundidge (6-2, 200), Bielfeldt (6-8, 240), Tummala (6-7, 200). Smotrycz is still listed at 225lbs but tweets that he should be listed at 235.
Crisler Arena Renovation Lunch (Video) The Michigan basketball program served lunch in the Junge Center for all of the construction workers that have been working on Crisler Arena and the PDC.
2011 Las Vegas AAUs: Day’s 4-5 NBADraft.net is impressed with Zak Irvin, who will decide shortly between Michigan and Butler: “An assistant coach that I sat with during this game told me to keep my eye on Irvin and I was not disappointed. Irvin is young, long and talented. He has a great game off the bounce and has a frame that will get bigger and stronger. He displayed a nice jumpshot out to three and mixed in a couple of beautiful step back jumpers at a pro level. He is still a puppy in his development and that is the scary thing. A large number of Big Ten schools attended f his game Tuesday afternoon and with good reason. This kid has a chance to be special and should be ranked in the top 30 at least in 2013 “
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on July 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Nik Stauskas put together an impressive July on the AAU circuit and wrapped it up with one final event last night, the 2011 Canadian Flight Games. Stauskas won MVP of the Canadian exhibition game, which featured a Canadian team against an American team from Buffalo, and he also won the three point contest. This footage is from the dunk contest, where Stauskas placed third:
Nik will be making an unofficial visit up to Michigan on August 1st as a thank you for all of the attention that the Michigan staff paid him on the recruiting trail this July.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on July 29, 2011 at 8:52 am
Mitch McGary has clearly established himself as one of the top ten class of 2012 prospects in the country. He’s impressed scouts on the summer circuit with his size, athleticism and high energy style of play. The rising senior attracted college coaches from across the country during July and has drawn offers and interest from a who’s who of high major college programs including Duke, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland and Kentucky. John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines have also continued to make headway in McGary’s recruitment, having recruited him since he was back at Chesterton High School in Indiana.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on July 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm
2013 wing forward Zak Irvin holds offers from Michigan, Butler, Baylor, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Tennessee and Xavier among others but confirmed today that he’s narrowed his list to two schools: Michigan and Butler. The Indiana native has impressed this July on the AAU circuit where many have noted that he appears to be a different player, playing with a new level of confidence and offensive aggression.
Irvin is a prototypical 3-man for the high-major level. He has a terrific frame and he’s very athletic, but it’s his ball skills that really caught our eye. He has a knack to score in a variety of ways from the 3-point line as well as off the dribble. He had a couple of notable drives to the basket and he converted a few legitimate pull-up jump shots with a defender right on him. Irvin is a top-30 prospect for his class with continued improvement.
Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Michigan and Butler, two of Irvin’s most recent offers, were at the front of his list and the rising junior confirmed via text that he has narrowed his school list. When asked when he hoped to make a decision, Irvin said he’d like to decide “before the summer ends”.