Zak Irvin Down to Two

Team-Gordon_0465-500x724[1]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.

Most recently Irvin impressed ESPN’s Joel Francisco while leading the Eric Gordon All-Stars to the championship game at the adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas:

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”.

For video and previous scouting reports on Irvin, make sure to view his recruiting profile page.

arkansas_logo[1]ESPN’s Andy Katz is reporting that Michigan is likely to add Arkansas to its 2011-12 schedule. Katz notes that the Arkansas game is expected to be lined up sometime during the Big Ten season.

Arkansas went 18-12 (7-9 SEC) last season and will be playing its first season under former Missouri head coach Mike Anderson.

Michigan will also play in the Maui Invitational, a field which includes Duke, Kansas, Memphis, Georgetown, Tennessee, UCLA and Chaminade. The bracket for the Maui Invitational should be expected in the coming weeks.  The Wolverines will host Iowa State, Towson and Bradley while traveling to Virginia (Big Ten-ACC Challenge) and Oakland (at the Palace). All notes on next year’s schedule are maintained here.

Michigan’s schedule appears to be lacking the top flight marquee home games that we’ve seen in recent years, but still includes quality competition. Despite lacking blockbuster home games, the schedule is more balanced with solid high major opponents – home and away – and a loaded neutral Maui Invitational field.

Wednesday Links

  • 110595111_crop_650x440[1]MGoBlue.com Summer Sessions: Head Coach John Beilein
    “We have really grown as a group over the last several years and we understand what it takes to win. We will continue to remind the players of the little intangibles that made them special last year, but I think they have an appreciation for our success and are eager to succeed even further this upcoming season.”
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. Making a Name for Himself
    Hardaway featured on MGoBlue
  • Dick Vitale Preseason Top 40 – 21-30
    ” 21. Michigan: John Beilein’s team surprised many people last season, but they will have even higher expectations this time around. Led by sophomore shooting guard, Tim Hardaway Jr., look for the Wolverines to be a force in the Big Ten this season.”
  • U16 Super Showcase recap
    Mark Donnal: He is a tough insider who can score and rebound. The Michigan commit has really improved in the past year and is moving toward being an impact player by the time he arrives in the Big Ten. Donnal can face up and shoot to 19 feet, but is also effective on the low block and is not afraid to try to dunk on an unsuspecting opponent. Plus, Donnal is a good rebounder in the paint and a solid position rebounder.
  • Las Vegas Day 3 recap
    “Michigan commit Nik Stauskas (Missisauga, Ontario/St. Mark’s) has gotten stronger and more explosive in the lane, while maintaining his niche as a lights out shooter from the perimeter. Those developments have him on the verge of taking his game to the next level, but he needs to do a better job of harnessing his emotions when the whistle isn’t going his way.”
  • Vegas: Day Four, Part B ($)
    “His three-point shot looks smooth and although he wasn’t finishing well, Stauskas didn’t have much trouble slashing to the basket.”
  • Ekpe Udoh, Cartier Martin caught in financial scandal
    Former Wolverine Ekpe Udoh had $350k tied up in David Salinas’s ponzi scheme
  • DeShawn Sims inks in Korea with KCC Egis
    Peedi will play in Korea next year
  • A layman’s guide to the Class of 2012
    Dave Telep and Eamonn Brennan breakdown the best class of 2012 prospects on the board including Mitch McGary and Gary Harris.
  • Indiana interested in 2013 Flint Beecher point guard Monte Morris
    Hoosiers showing interest in Monte Morris 

Video: Nik Stauskas at Las Vegas Fab 48 Invitational

2012 Michigan commitment Nik Stauskas put together one of his best tournaments of the summer at the Fab 48 Invitational in Las Vegas. Stauskas led his Grassroots Canada AAU team to the semifinals before they were bounced by the eventual champions, the Kansas City 76ers. Stauskas  averaged 22 points per game while knocking down 47% of his threes through seven contests. Here’s a highlight film of Stauskas’s performance throughout the event:

Recruiting Notes: Stauskas, Donnal Continue to Impress

images[1]The live evaluation period is back in full swing with major tournaments in Orlando, Las Vegas, St. Louis and more. Michigan commitments and recruiting targets continued their strong play this July in front of college coaches from across the country.

Nick Stauskas was impressive in the first half of the live evaluation period and might have been even more impressive through early play in Vegas. Stauskas is averaging 23 points per game through his first five games while knocking down over half of his threes. His Grassroots Canada squad will resume play in the quarterfinals this afternoon. Here are some scouting reports from national and regional scouts in attendance:

Max Preps at Fab48

Nik Stauskas, Grassroots Canada: The Michigan commitment had one of the more impressive scoring efforts of the day against the Danny Granger Hurricanes, filling up the shot chart with makes from all over the floor. The 6-6, 195-pound senior has a deceptive burst with the ball in his hands and is a tough matchup on the perimeter with his size and strength.

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Video: Carlton Brundidge 2010-11 High School Highlights

We’ve posted plenty of Carlton Brundidge footage in the past but here is a lengthy compilation of clips from the incoming freshman guard’s senior season at Southfield. The video was put together by Temofe Anyameluna, who goes by the YouTube handle of mofethegreat.

You can find all archived recruiting videos in a searchable format on this page.

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