The second basketball commit we will break down from the class of 2013 is Zak Irvin out of Hamilton Southeastern HS in Fishers, Indiana. He is widely considered one of the top prospects in the state. According to Scout.com, he is the 12th ranked player at the small forward position and 49th ranked overall. At 6-6, 185 lbs (ESPN), Irvin has small forward size and a shooting guard skill set.
Zak Irvin is a standout athlete who can fill out a stat sheet. He is a pure scorer and his skills are a perfect match for John Beilein’s offense. Irvin can hit perimeter shots consistently and is superb in the transition game. He is able to take the ball all the way to the rim at will and is very good at kicking the ball out to a teammate off of dribble penetration.
There are a few aspects to Irvin’s game that need to improve. Defensively, as is the case with a lot of prospects coming out, is where he needs to get better. He is such a gifted athlete that if he can bring that to the defensive end of the floor, he could be a game changing player on both ends. Zak Irvin also needs to bulk up a little bit, which will only come with time. The Big Ten is a physical conference and you have to be able to grind it out when need be.
Zak Irvin is a very similar prospect to what Glenn Robinson III was coming out of last year, although GR3’s game was a bit more polished and better defensively. Nobody can argue Irvin’s pure talent by watching him play on film. Assuming that Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. both go pro after this season, Michigan will already have their replacements waiting in the wings in Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin. Pair them with Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas, and Mitch McGary, and add incoming freshman big man Mark Donnal (who I will break down very shortly) to the mix and I think you still have a team that can compete for the Big Ten championship next season. Time will only tell.
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