Zakari Irvin and his family are getting a real feel for the Michigan basketball program. Their second visit to Ann Arbor this past weekend reinforced the strong initial positive impressions they came away with after their first visit back in June.
"We really enjoyed their presentation on the academic program and how kids can come in and put themselves in position to graduate early," stated Irvin's father. "With Zak looking into majoring into business/radio-TV broadcasting, that could be very helpful. I like the way they are going about recruiting my son they are going about it the right way."
While much of the two-day visit was spent receiving the academic rundown, the Irvin family also spent a fair amount of time getting a better feel for how the class of 6-5, 175-pounder would fit in with the Maize & Blue.
"I really enjoyed practice and my visit with Coach Beilein and the staff," said young Irvin. "They broke down film for me as well as showing me clips of plays that they run that are run in the NBA. Coach says he sees me as a Manny Harris type. I like to come off of screens, create my own shot and that is what I can do. They are getting up and down the floor I like the direction they are going in."
Irvin got a brief glimpse of what it might be like to play on the floor when he hit the hardwood for a little shoot-around.
"Zak had a chance to shoot for 45 minutes, with a trainer of course," Mr. Irvin said. "The coaches could not be there so as they walked up the tunnel they closed the curtain so they could not see, but just watching him shoot was pretty cool. It was a good experience for him."
As memorable as that experience was, the aspect of the visit that may have made the biggest impression was the increasingly strong rapport the Irvin's are building with the players and coaches.
"I talked with Zack Novak and Stu Douglass and we had a long conversation about Michigan," recalled Zakari. "I talked with the whole team and they really get along very well. Lavall Jordan and I have a relationship that is growing more and more. He is a cool guy to talk with. We talk about what I do with my free time, homework and other things too".
"Lavall has told us how Zak would fit in at Michigan," Mr. Irvin added. "When we meet with the staff, Lavall steps up and speaks. I like him because he is very straight forward. We have known him for a few years now so we have gotten to know him pretty well"
Michigan is not the only suitor the Irvin's are getting to know better. Despite still having three years left in high school, he has offers from Indiana and Illinois along with interest from North Carolina, Baylor, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Xavier and LSU. Because of that the Wolverines appear determined to reinforce their bond with the talented wing whenever possible.
"We will be coming back up for the football game against UCONN in September," Mr. Irvin reported.