It has been a whirlwind year for Zak Irvin. Last year at this time his star was just beginning to rise after a breakout summer campaign. As his game expanded, so too did his offer list. Purdue, Indiana, Baylor, Miami, Xavier, and Butler all threw their hats in the ring. And when June 15 rolled, the Wolverines joined the party.
"Coach Beilein spoke with me about how things were going," recalled Irvin. "We talked about how the (Michigan Elite) camp went that I attended (June 11). Then he just offered me a scholarship to play at the University of Michigan. I was not expecting that offer from him at all. I was really happy about that. That day I received 14 phone calls and I appreciated the fact that those schools have interest in me. I was offered scholarships by Butler and Michigan, and I was happy and excited about those."
Irvin may have clinched his Wolverine offer with an aggressive showing during the Elite camp. On that day this renowned jump shooter made his presence felt driving to the basket. That happened to be one of the many topics he had previously discussed with the point man in his Michigan recruitment, assistant lavall jordan.
"He's a cool guy," Irvin said of Jordan. "He's a cool recruiter. I like to be around him. I call him at least once a week, maybe twice sometimes. He always lets me know that I am a student first and an athlete second. Coach Jordan wants me to make smart choices, the same things my parents talk to me about. As far as basketball goes he wants me to get stronger and rebound more. Those are the things we talk about."
"LaVall has told us how Zak would fit in at Michigan," Irvin's father later told Scout.com. "When we meet with the staff, LaVall steps up and speaks. I like him because he is very straightforward. We have gotten to know him pretty well."
The Irvin’s showed just how comfortable they were when they informed Beilein on Zak’s decision to become a Wolverine after strongly considering Butler.
He becomes commitment #3 in the Wolverines’ 2013 class. Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on this breaking news story in the hours to come.