Zak Irvin is a 6'-5" shooting guard from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Indiana. The 10th grader ranks as the #7 shooting guard in the nation and has a list of high major offers to match that ranking including one from Illinois.
Irvin says the Illinois coaching staff is staying in contact with him. They talked to him on the phone and viewed him practice.
"I talked to them a couple weeks ago. They also came up to one of my practices a couple weeks ago."
So how did his phone conversation with the Illini coaches go?
"On the phone, they just asked how I was doing and how the season was going."
While recruiting in Indiana, Hamilton Southeastern was a must stop for the Illinois coaches to see Irvin and junior teammate Gary Harris.
"It went pretty well."
The prospects at Southeastern are a high priority. It is no wonder why lead recruiter Jay Price and head coach Bruce Weber each checked out multiple practices of the coveted shooting guard.
"One practice coach Price came, and another one it was coach Weber."
Irvin has already been on campus. He says there are a few aspects that stand out in his mind about the Illini.
"I like Illinois's facilities, the coaching staff, and the basketball team."
A strong relationship with the coaching staff was a point he emphasized was important to him. The staff is doing a good job in this area.
"The coaches and I have a good relationship so far."
Illinois is not the only school heavily recruiting Irvin. The highly touted prospect listed the schools that are actively recruiting him. The list is quite impressive.
"Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Xavier, Baylor, Miami (FL), Michigan, and Butler."
He already has quite a lofty handful of offers in his possession as a sophomore.
"Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Xavier, Baylor, and Miami (FL)."
He has visited all of the schools that have offered him except for Miami (FL). The sophomore says there are no favorites for his services at this point in the process.
When there are two high profile teammates such as Irvin and Harris, many believe they will go to the same school. According to Irvin the pair has not even discussed playing together in college.
"We have not really talked about it. It is too soon to tell."
Regardless of the school there are two main characteristics that are important to the talented guard.
"My relationship with the coaches and who I am playing with at that college."
He does not have a timetable for a decision, but does have a group of people around him that will be helping him make his decision.
"My high school coach, AAU coach, and my family."
Irvin and his Hamilton Southeastern squad are having a good season and split a pair of contests at the recent Flying to the Hoop Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. He has been pleased with his play so far this season.
"I think I have been playing pretty well. I'm getting used to varsity basketball."
When talking about his game the sophomore says three areas are his strengths.
"I have a great midrange jump shot. I am a good ball handler, and I can rebound."