Michigan is ranked 2nd in ESPN’s updated 2013 recruiting rankings, trailing only North Carolina. Derrick Walton, Zak Irvin and Mark Donnal are all ranked in ESPN’s Top 100:
The Wolverines are not an upper-echelon, battle-with-the-blue-bloods-type of Big Ten power, but what John Beilein does — maybe as well as anyone — is identifyplayers for his specific program. That means he lands character guys who play multiple positions and have high basketball IQs. This year’s four-man class is highlighted by bulldog point guard in Derrick Walton (Detroit/Chandler Park), who can control the game with his ability to push the ball, deliver it to open teammates and run the show. He will be joined by fellow ESPN 100 recruits shooting guard Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) and power forward Mark Donnal (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne).