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Posted on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 : 1:21 p.m.

Three of the Michigan basketball team's 2013 commits rank inside Rivals' Top 150

By Nick Baumgardner

John Beilein finished the 2012 recruiting season with a highly-regarded class.

And, so far, he and the Michigan basketball staff remain well on their way to repeating that success in 2013.

Rivals.com released its updated class rankings for 2013, and three of the Wolverines' four verbals rank inside the Top 150.

The class is currently led by 6-foot-6 small forward Zak Irvin of Hamilton (Ind.) Southeastern High School.

Irvin, a four-star prospect who played alongside 2012 Michigan State signee Gary Harris in high school, is ranked at No. 63 on Rivals' 2013 list -- and is the third-best recruit in the state of Indiana, according to the site.

Derrick Walton, a 6-foot, four-star point guard from Chandler Park Academy, is ranked No. 72 overall and the third-highest rated prospect in Michigan.

The third Wolverine pledge on the list is 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward Mark Donnal of Wayne (Ohio) High School. Donnal, a three-star prospect, is ranked No. 116 on the list.

Michigan's fourth pledge for 2013 is Fort Wayne (Ind.) Canterbury's Austin Hatch. The three-star guard did not play high school basketball last season after being involved in a 2011 plane crash that took the lives of both his father and step mother.

Beilein, per NCAA rules, cannot comment publicly on unsigned prospects. Meaning Hatch's status for the 2013 season remains unclear.

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

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