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December 12, 2012Michigan class of 2013 signee Zak Irvin is proving he deserves to be among the frontrunners for Indiana's Mr. Basketball award, having started the season in impressive fashion. Irvin made the first five triples of his season, all in one half, in outscoring Fishers 24-23 in the first half on the way to an 81-61 win.
He's been very solid since.
Irvin was named one of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway Players of the Week in late Nov., The 6-7 standout, Rivals.com's No. 34 prospect nationally, notched averaged 27.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in leading the Royals to a 3-0 start and earning boys' District 2 honors. He finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in an the win over Fishers, followed with 30 points, nine rebounds and two assists in a 73-66 triumph over Bowman Academy and finished the first week with 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a 73-63 win over Lake Central.
Irvin made 11 of 14 shots in the opener, six of eight from long range.
In other games since, Irvin put up 17 but struggled in a 7-for-19 (2-of-10 triples) shooting performance in a three-point loss to Mount Vernon, scored 22 (two in the first half, 14 in the third quarter) in a 56-55 win over Pendleton Heights, registered 27 points and 17 rebounds in a 74-49 victory over Lawrence Central and notched 21 points in a 53-41 win over Noblesville Dec. 7.
Hamilton Southeastern stands 6-1 and is ranked as the state's No. 9 team in class 4A.
"The biggest thing from this year to last year is he's taken his game to another level," Hamilton Southeastern coach Brian Satterfield told TheWolverine.com. "We talked about trying to focus on the weight room so he could attack the basket. He's done that. He still pulls up for his jumpers, but he's getting to the rim."
Irvin is averaging around 25 points and 11 rebounds per game, Satterfield reported, shooting just under 40 percent from three-point range but over 60 percent on twos.
Class of 2013 four-star, 6-9 big man Mark Donnal of Whitehouse (Ohio) Anthony Wayne started his senior year slowly in a Dec. 2 opening win over Toledo Start, getting into early foul trouble. He didn't score his first basket until three minutes remained in the third quarter, in fact - but then the points came in bunches.
Donnal notched 21-second half points and added five assists out of the post in leading a 61-29 win out of a 15-15 halftime tie.
"I think he learned tonight you have to be mentally disciplined," Anthony Wayne coach Bryan Borcherdt told the Toledo Blade of Donnal's foul trouble. "We're pretty good when we can play inside-outside like that he benefits our team greatly when he's on the floor."
Donnal, Rivals.com's No. 107 prospect nationally and a four-star prospect, notched 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 66-51 win over New Riegel in Wayne's second game.
As reported earlier this week, Harper Woods (Mich.) Chandler Park Academy point guard signee Derrick Walton (6-0, 175) notched 27 points, seven rebounds, five assists and six steals in Chandler Park's season opening 61-56 win over Cass Tech in front of head coach John Beilein.
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Finally, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Canterbury's Austin Hatch (6-6, Rivals.com three-star) has yet to be cleared for full practice. Hatch, now a '14 prospect, missed last season with a head injury suffered in a 2011 plane crash and has since been granted an extra year of eligibility by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Hatch was given clearance to return to practice with his high school team in November, but at this point is only partaking in drills, the Fort Wayne Sun-Sentinel reports.
There's still hope Hatch will return to the court this year, and he still plans to attend Michigan after two more years at Canterbury.