Analysis of Michigan basketball commits Derrick Walton, Mark Donnal at AAU tourney
The Michigan basketball team's 2012 recruiting class already is ranked among the top 10 in the country, and it recently added another guard in Spike Albrecht.
Another could join the fold in Caris LeVert.
But the 2013 class isn't looking so bad, either.
The Wolverines already have commitments from four players: Guards Austin Hatch and Derrick Walton, and forwards Mark Donnal and Zak Irvin.
Two of those players, Walton and Donnal, were in action over the weekend at the Spiece Run 'n Slam tournament in Fort Wayne. A look at their performances from some observers who were on hand (The Wolverine paywall stories quoted with permission, click links for complete stories):
Mark Donnal, PF/C, Indiana Elite South
The Wolverine ($): "He is -- and has been -- a terrific rebounder with a penchant for getting his hands on the ball in the middle of a scrum, too. His offensive game is developing. AAU coach Dan Dakich lauded his turnaround fade-away in the lane as a strong move. But Donnal has to get tougher -- and definitely stronger. He’s still a skinny kid, and if the defense puts the pressure on him down low, he can get flustered."
UMHoops.com: "It seemed like even when Donnal was open, his teammates did a subpar job of getting him the ball in the right places. However, when Donnal received the ball in a favorable position, he made it count. He made some strong post moves in the midst of double-teams, and he made some nice passes in traffic, as well. His vision continues to improve."
NBEBasketball.com: "Donnal is a solid face-up power forward for the next level. The strength of his game is his shooting touch. He has a feathery touch out to the 3-point line and he can knock it down consistently from the elbow. He has soft hands and is an adept passer as well. He has become a much better rebounder in traffic and he’s an excellent outlet passer. Overall, his feel for the game and face-up skills are quite refined."
UMHoops.com also has a video of Donnal from Fort Wayne.
Derrick Walton, PG, Michigan Mustangs
UMHoops.com: "Walton found shooters on the perimeter and also created a number of easy baskets around the basket after collapsing the opposing defense. He’s a true point guard that’s more than effective in the half court but is lethal in transition."
The Wolverine ($): "In the last year, he’s become a much more well-rounded and consistent player. A year ago this time, Walton would have his good games and his bad -- now, the game has slowed down for him and he’s making great decisions with the ball."