Video: Mitch McGary at 2011 Under Armour Jam Fest

Michigan picked up a pair of 2013 commitments in the last 48 hours in Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin but there are remaining possibilities in the class of 2012. Mitch McGary is one hopeful option that Michigan will continue to pursue in the coming weeks and months. McGary has impressed this summer and continued on his rise from top-100 player to top-5 player. He has a Michigan offer and visited Ann Arbor in June but is being pursued by a who’s who of high major programs including Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Connecticut, Maryland and Kentucky.

Michigan Prep Stars was in attendance at the 2011 Under Armour Jam Fest in Milwaukee, WI this July to watch McGary in action.

Derrick Walton to Michigan

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2013 point guard Derrick Walton has committed to Michigan. Walton is the second 2013 commitment that the Wolverines have landed in as many days. Walton is a consensus top 100 recruit and is ranked 88th by Rivals.com, 77th by Scout.com and 92nd by ESPN.com. Those rankings were published before the July evaluation period where Walton excelled, exploding for over 30-points on several occasions in front of Michigan head coach John Beilein.

Walton joins Austin Hatch, Mark Donnal and Zak Irvin as Wolverines in the class of 2013. Video, scouting and more information after the jump.
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Video: Demetrius Jackson at GRBA National Championships

2013 Mishawaka Marian point guard Demetrius Jackson is one of three 2013 guards with a Michigan offer and the explosive guard was followed by head coaches from Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Xavier at the GRBA National Championships in Fort Wayne last week.  Jackson currently holds offers from Michigan and Xavier but could see that list grow during the coming days and weeks.

Here’s footage from our friends at Inside the Hall who filmed two of Jackson’s games at the Spiece Fieldhouse to close out the 2011 live evaluation period.

Michigan Announces 2011-12 Non-Conference Schedule

The University of Michigan announced the 2011-12 non-conference basketball schedule this afternoon. Many opponents and dates had been previously reported but now the schedule is official. The non-conference slate is highlighted by a trip to Maui (brackets should be out shortly) as well as trips to Virginia and Arkansas and a home game versus Iowa State. The Big Ten schedule is expected to be released later this month but the Wolverines will play Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa (away) and Nebraska (away) once and all other teams twice.

University of Michigan Men’s Basketball 2011-12 Non-Conference Schedule

  • Friday, Nov. 4 – Wayne State (Exh.)
  • Friday, Nov. 11 – Ferris State (D2)
  • Monday, Nov. 14 – Towson (Maui mainland game) (292)
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 – Western Illinois (336)
  • Monday, Nov. 21-23  – Maui TBD [Tournament features Duke, Kansas, Memphis, Georgetown, Tennessee, UCLA and Chaminade]
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30 – at Virginia (B10/ACC Challenge) (138)
  • Saturday, Dec. 3 – Iowa State (140)
  • Saturday, Dec. 10  – vs. Oakland (Palace of Auburn Hills) (57)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13  – Arkansas-Pine Bluff (327)
  • Saturday, Dec. 17 – Alabama A&M (307)
  • Thursday, Dec. 22 –  Bradley (229)
  • Saturday, Jan. 21 – at Arkansas (130)

2010-11 RPI in parentheses

Video: Zak Irvin at 2011 Flyin to the Hoop

Our friends at City League Hoops managed to dig up some footage of recent Michigan commitment Zak Irvin after Irvin made his pledge yesterday. This footage is from 2011 Flyin’ to the Hoop event that took place in Dayton last winter.

For much more on Irvin make sure to view his recruiting profile and commitment post.

Zak Irvin to Michigan

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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.

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