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Posted on Thu, May 24, 2012 : 1:58 p.m.

Three 2013 Michigan basketball commits rated inside ESPN's Top 100, more than any other school

By Nick Baumgardner


Members of John Beilein's 2013 Michigan basketball class continue to rise in the national rankings.

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John Beilein's 2013 class continues to rise. released its Top 100 prospects for the 2013 class Thursday, and the Michigan basketball program placed three commits on the list -- more than any other school in America.

Chandler Park Academy point guard Derrick Walton leads Michigan's class at No. 39 overall. The four-star prospect is rated as the ninth-best point guard in the class.

Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) High School wing Zak Irvin comes in at No. 61, and is also a four-star prospect. Irvin -- who was left off's recent 2013 ranking sheet -- is rated as the 19th-best shooting guard by ESPN.

Finally, 6-foot-9 power forward Mark Donnal, of Anthony Wayne (Ohio) High School, is ranked at No. 65 on the Top 100 list. Donnal is the 18th-best power forward in the class.

At moment, the only other schools with two commits in the top 100 are North Carolina, Indiana, Purdue, Kansas, Marquette and Alabama.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 11:09 p.m.

I'm reading Coach's lips in that picture. He's saying, "Pardon me, Mr. Hightower. I know that your calls are almost always correct, but in this one exceptionally rare instance, might you please reconsider that call?"


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 11:51 a.m.

What happened to all those people that kept claiming when he arrived, "Beilein can't recruit!".... seems to me like he can recruit just fine. GO BLUE!

greg, too

Fri, May 25, 2012 : 4:57 a.m.

They have the most recruits because UK hasn't opened it's check book yet. UK will have 6 or 7 or more by the start of the season.


Fri, May 25, 2012 : 12:31 a.m.

Coach B is clearly bringing the talent to AA. Now let's see if it produces results. Last year was a major bust from an NCAA tourney perspective.


Thu, May 24, 2012 : 11:08 p.m.

Thank goodness Michigan has Coach Beilein, He evens everything out!


Sat, Jul 7, 2012 : 1:51 p.m.

Well, well, well! Finally we agree. I guess sports transcends politics sometimes. Go Blue!