Michigan basketball's 2013 recruiting class keeps rising, now rated No. 2 nationally by ESPN.com
There's no sense in ignoring it, John Beilein has some major momentum going on the recruiting trail.
That momentum was quantified Wednesday when Beilein's four-man 2013 Michigan basketball recruiting class climbed all the way up to No. 2 in ESPN.com's updated ranking.
"The Wolverines are not an upper-echelon, battle-with-the-blue-bloods-type of Big Ten power," the site explained when referencing Michigan's class. "But what John Beilein does -- maybe as well as anyone -- is identify players for his specific program.
"That means he lands character guys who play multiple positions and have high basketball IQs."
Presently, three of Michigan's four commits are ranked inside ESPN's Top 100 for 2013.
Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy point guard Derrick Walton, a four-star player, leads the way at No. 40 overall. Zak Irvin, a four-star wing from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Ind., comes in at No. 61. Four-star power forward Mark Donnal from Anthony Wayne High Schools in Whitehouse, Ohio, is close behind at No. 65.
Michigan's fourth commit for 2013 is Fort Wayne, Ind. shooting guard Austin Hatch.
The Wolverines currently have the top class in the Big Ten for 2013, per ESPN, and trail only top-ranked North Carolina nationally.
Kansas, Marquette and Indiana round out the top five.
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