Irvin Focusing on Improvement

Fishers (IN) Hamilton-Southeastern guard Zak Irvin saw his recruitment hit a fevered pitch last week. Multiple schools made contact on June 15th, including the University of Michigan who extended a scholarship offer. The deluge of recruiting attention, while flattering, hasn't distracted him from his primary objective -- trying to become a better player.

Zak Irvin not a kid that gets too up or to down with the things come his way.  He has the same expression when he makes a shot or doesn't. So when June 15th rolled around and college coaches began blowing up his phone, the junior-to-be took it all in stride.

"I was not thinking about it too much," said Irvin regarding the recruiting onslaught.  "I really didn't know what to think.  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 offers that day."

"Coach Beilein spoke with me about how things were going.  We talked about how the (Michigan Elite) camp went that I attended.  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 joyous development comes after a solid year of courting by the Maize & Blue.  Over that period of time Irvin has forged a tight bond with the Wolverines' coaching staff.  Those two things helped fuel speculation that a decision in Michigan's favor was on his horizon.  For his part though, Irvin is keeping any leanings he might have close to the vest.

"The rumors that are out there…. I didn't pay any attention to those at all," he said.  "They are just that, rumors. There are other schools that are on my list and I am just going to take my time and make the right decision for me."

That's a mature approach from a kid with two full years of high school left.  In recent months that maturity began manifesting itself on the basketball floor as well.

"I am starting to learn just how good I can be through hard work," said Irvin.  "It all started this year during AAU. I have a lot of confidence in my game. I want to go out and just play hard the way my dad and granddad told me to do. When I step on the floor I feel I can play with anybody."

There isn't even the slightest hint of arrogance in those words. Irvin is extremely humble, but at the same time is starting to exhibit the kind of on-court confidence necessary for him to take the next step as a player and be all he can be.  That much was certainly obvious during Irvin's showing at Michigan's Elite Camp earlier this month.

"I had a very good time playing against some pretty good players at the camp," he stated.  "There were a few players there that caught my eye watching them play. Austin Hatch, Monte Morris and Demetrius Jackson were players I came away impressed by."

Irvin plans to make his way back to Ann Arbor in the very near future a little more hardwood action.

"I am just going to an open gym up at Michigan to play with the guys," he said.  "I want to play well.  This is just a feeling out process and getting to know the players better. I will be doing this with other schools I visit as well."

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Irvin in the coming days.


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