Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) senior forward Zak Irvin scored 33 points Saturday, as the Royals edged Indianapolis North Central 82-77.
It was Irvin's second consecutive 30 point outburst after scoring 30 points at Zionsville (Ind.) (66-59 win) the previous night. With a combined 63 points in two Royals victories, Irvin says his scoring success is due embracing his new role as the team's main scoring option.
"Last year I kind of played a back role to Gary Harris," Irvin told GoBlueWolverine. "You know this year it's now my team. I'm just able to go out there and create for myself and for my teammates.
"Definitely going into summer practice made me a better player. It's just showing off this year-- I am able to come out here and help my team win."
A big part of Irvin's transformation his senior season is his ability to handle the ball as a point guard, a position he became familiar with during this past AAU summer basketball season.
"Definitely me having the ball in hands and how tall I am, I am able to break people down off the dribble," said Irvin, "which creates shots for myself but for my teammates."
At 6-foot-5, 175-pounds, Irvin is rated a four-star prospect and No. 15 small forward in the latest Scout.com player ranking.
Irvin signed his letter of intent to play for the University of Michigan last month. He says it was a special "moment" when he signed to play for college basketball for the Wolverines.
" You know it's awesome, I've been committed since my sophomore year," Irvin recalled. "It's a great moment for me and my family to finally sign the letter of intent last month."
With the Maize and Blue off to a 10-0 start and a top-five national ranking, Irvin says he expects the team to continue to get even better.
"It's awesome! Michigan is playing really well right now," Irvin said. "And hopefully they get better and better as the season goes on and make a run in the tournament."
The Michigan 2012 class included Glenn Robinson III, Nic Stauskas, Mitch McGary, Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert. With all five seeing playing time early in their basketball careers, Irvin says he hopes to have the same jolt in the Wolverine's rotation when he arrives on campus next fall.
"You know I can't wait," Irvin said. "Definitely seeing the freshman get the minutes, that they are getting and having a big impact—hopefully I can have the same impact next year and I'm on the floor."
In the meantime, Irvin says his focus is on helping Southeastern win a state title to finish out his high school career.
"I think we're capable of winning a state championship. We just have to take it game by game and just keep getting better in practice."