The state of Indiana has always been known as one of the most fertile areas in the country for basketball talent.
This year was no different - and Michigan signee Zak Irvin stands out as the best of the bunch. The Indianapolis Star gave the Hamilton Southeastern star its Mr. Basketball Award.
According to the paper, Irvin received 101 votes from coaches and members of the media in the state, blowing the competition out of the water. Second place went to Mishawaka (Ind.) Marian point guard Demetrius Jackson - who was, at one time, another Michigan target - who received 46 votes. Jackson signed a letter of intent to play at Notre Dame.
It's the first time in the award's history that it has gone to players from the same school in back-to-back seasons, according to the Star. Hamilton Southeastern standout Gary Harris - now a freshman at Michigan State - won the award last year.
"Both guys came in and did the work to improve themselves individually, but they were also great team guys and did it at both ends of the floor," Hamilton Southeastern coach Brian Satterfield told the Star. "Both of them also excelled in the classroom. So it's a great award for them, but also our school and community. We were fortunate to have those two guys in our program."
Irvin led Hamilton Southeastern in scoring (24.6 points per game), rebounding (9.0 per game), steals (2.1 per game) and added 3.3 assists per game as a senior.