Michigan officially announces signings of Derrick Walton, Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal for 2013 class
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan basketball coach John Beilein officially announced the signings of the Wolverines' three 2013 recruits Friday.
Michigan has officially received letters of intent from four-star wing Zak Irvin, four-star point guard Derrick Walton Jr. and four-star power forward Mark Donnal.
Irvin and Donnal signed their letters on Wednesday, while Walton made it official Friday afternoon.
"We are excited Mark, Zak and Derrick have joined the Michigan Basketball family," Beilein said in a statement. "These are three young men coming from outstanding families with strong academic backgrounds. They are very talented young men who also value being great teammates.
"They will fit right in as we continue to build a positive culture within this basketball program."
Michigan's 2013 current three-man recruiting class is ranked No. 8 nationally by ESPN.com. Three-star prospect Austin Hatch was originally going to be part of this year's class, but has since reclassified to 2014 after being involved in a tragic plane crash in 2011.
While Irvin is the most highly-rated of the three players (No. 24, ESPN.com), Walton -- a 6-foot point guard from Chandler Park Academy in Harper Woods -- might be the most important immediately, especially if current All-American point guard Trey Burke opts to leave for the NBA draft following this season.
"Derrick's excellent point guard skills and natural leadership will make him a great addition to our roster," Beilein said. "His outstanding court sense tells him when to pass or score. He sees the floor extremely well on both offense and defense. His teammates will love playing with him because of his team-first attitude."
An all-state player last season and the second-best prospect in the state of Michigan, Walton averaged 26.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 7.3 steals per game last season.
Donnal, a 6-foot-9 big man from Anthony Wayne (Ohio) High School, averaged 19.6 points and 9.2 rebounds last season. Irvin, a 6-foot-6 wing from Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) High School, averaged 18.8 points and 6.2 rebounds last year -- and is Michigan's highest-rated recruit, checking in at No. 24 in ESPN's top 100.
"(Donnal) is very skilled, has the ability to shoot, and is very young, so he will grow into his body," Beilein said. "We like the idea that he is a developing big with a very high ceiling. At 6-9 he will be tough enough to play center and skilled enough to play as a stretch power forward.
"(Irvin) possesses the ability to play any perimeter position. He is an outstanding defender and shooter and really loves to compete. We are looking forward to coaching him because of his versatility, length and attitude."
Michigan may have room for at least one more player following this season, depending on how things shake out in the spring. The spring signing period starts April 17, 2013.