Analyst calls Michigan recruit Zak Irvin the best player in Indiana, says Wolverines have re-established recruiting foundation
Last fall, the Michigan basketball program's recruiting class received plenty of headlines for its overall ranking, and its ability to out-duel a few top programs for big man Mitch McGary.
This time around, John Beilein's class hasn't received quite as much attention -- but that doesn't mean it's not any good.
In fact, it might actually be better.
ESPN.com currently rates Michigan's three-man recruiting class at No. 11 nationally -- up three spots from last season. And a big part of that lofty ranking comes from 6-foot-6 wing Zak Irvin, a player analyst Paul Biancardi says is the best prospect in the state of Indiana.
"John Beilein has put together back-to-back classes that are nationally rated," Biancardi said recently on ESPN.com. "And the next star in the making? Zak Irvin. A 6-foot-6 scorer, an excellent athlete with excellent basketball IQ. This guy puts the ball in the basket from all different spot on the floor.
"And he's from the state of Indiana, we think he's the best player in the state of Indiana, and an offensive machine. Last year Michigan got Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary from the state of Indiana, so John Beilein's got a little hotel going in the state of Indiana."
Biancardi also noted Michigan as one of the programs programs that has been able to "re-emerge" on a national scale due to recent success on the recruiting trail and on the court.
Irvin is rated No. 24 on ESPN's Top 100 list for next season. Chandler Park Academy point guard Derrick Walton chimes in at No. 35 and Anthony Wayne (Ohio) High School power forward Mark Donnal comes in at No. 99.