Michigan basketball's 2013 recruiting class ranked No. 4 in the country
And moving forward, Beilein's positive recruiting perception seems to have some staying power.
Scout.com released its early rankings for the top classes of 2013 earlier this week, and Michigan's current four-man crop was ranked No. 4.
Currently, Scout.com's top five classes are North Carolina, Purdue, Illinois, Michigan and Arkansas. Ohio State, Duke, UNLV, Marquette and DePaul round out the top 10.
The Wolverines' have received verbal commitments from Chandler Park Academy point guard Derrick Walton, Hamilton (Ind.) Southeastern shooting guard Zak Irvin, Wayne (Ohio) High School power forward Mark Donnal and Fort Wayne (Ind.) Canterbury guard Austin Hatch.
Walton is rated as the 57th-best prospect in the 2013 class, and holds a four-star rating from Scout.com. Irvin is rated as a four-star player by Rivals.com, but Scout has him with three stars. Both Donnal and Hatch are rated as three-star prospects.
Hatch's basketball status remains up in the air, though, as his family released a statement last month saying it's unlikely the 6-foot-6 guard will play for his high school this season.
After surviving a June plane crash that killed both his father and step mother, Hatch spent four months recovering from injuries at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was released from the hospital in October.
As an unsigned prospect, Beilein is prohibited from making public comment on Hatch per NCAA rule.
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